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Toffees accept Pienaar offer

2011-01-16 19:38

Liverpool - Everton manager David Moyes has confirmed the club has accepted an offer from Chelsea for unsettled South African international forward Steven Pienaar.

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Speaking after Everton's 2-2 draw with Liverpool at Anfield, Moyes said the club had granted permission for Pienaar's representatives to enter into talks with Chelsea, but had rebuffed a bid from Tottenham.

"We have accepted an offer from Chelsea. Steven has not agreed terms with Chelsea," Moyes said. "We've given his representatives a chance to talk to Chelsea, but they've not got permission to talk to Tottenham because they've not offered the same money."

The likely departure of Pienaar is a blow to Everton, but with the player out of contract at the end of the season, the Toffees had little choice but to cash in during the January window.

British press reported on Saturday that Pienaar was holding out for a move to Tottenham, with Spurs his preferred destination.

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