Anfield outfit ready to swoop for Goodison Park star.
Liverpool are ready to risk the wrath of neighbours Everton with a move for influential midfielder Steven Pienaar.
The skilful South African has emerged as one of the best players in the Premier League but his contract runs out in 14 months and Everton are yet to tie him down to a new deal.
Now Liverpool have emerged as strong admirers, despite Everton’s reluctance to sell to their fiercest rivals. The Anfield club have been encouraged by news of the unresolved contract talks, although Everton are preparing a new offer that would put Pienaar on a par with their top earners at about £50,000 per week.
Pienaar’s agent Ivan Modia said: ‘At the moment we are looking at every situation and it will be sorted one way or another before the World Cup.
‘We have had some interest expressed from clubs in Europe but we haven’t talked to them because everything must go through Everton because he is under contract. (Daily Mail)
Now I am not sure how much credence should be given to this rumour but if there is any truth to it then this would be a move I would welcome as we could well do with more creativity in our midfield and Steven Pienaar is an adaptable player and one who has been impressive for the Toffees but David Moyes won’t let a player of his caliber leave and would only do so for a big fee we probably can’t afford at present.
Hopefully Rafa gets more money from whomever takes over from Tom and Jerry and I would imagine that his wishlist will include more attacking options, but more likely another out and out striker to take the pressure off El Nino.
If Pienaar has a good World Cup then expect any valuations to get even higher and even with a year left on his contract he will cost big money. His agent appears to be trying to get his client a large pay rise and this could well lead Moyes to think long and hard about whether he is ready to give in to his demands or consider cashing in on the flair player.