White Hart Lane boss Harry Redknapp has not given up hope of signing Steven Pienaar.
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is ready to make a new cut-price move for Everton’s South African contract rebel Steven Pienaar in the next window.
Redknapp’s top spy Ian Bloomfield watched midfield dynamo in action again last weekend and Spurs will try to land Pienaar for a low price in the New Year – with the Toffees under pressure to sell as he could be free in the summer.
Pienaar was a target for various swap offers from Spurs in the summer, including an elaborate four-man deal involving Robbie Keane on loan and David Bentley in exchange for Louis Saha and Pienaar.
Everton put a big price tag on Pienaar in the last window but boss David Moyes may have to drop that and attempt to wheel and deal as he shakes up his squad.
Pienaar shows no signs of agreeing to an extension on Merseyside and the fact that he is still eligible to play in Europe – possibly the Champions League – makes him attractive to Redknapp.
The Spurs boss has also seen some of his midfield players disappoint when they have had chances to impress this season, with Wilson Palacios’s form of particular concern. (Mirror Football)
Even though Pienaar has been a long-term target for Redknapp, it would appear that Tottenham are already well-stocked in the midfield department. The club have just signed Rafael Van Der Vaart, and would have to sell players in order to sign another attacking midfield player.
Would Everton be willing to offload one of their better players after such an uninspiring start to the season? They may have to cash in if it looks like Pienaar will not sign a contract extension, but he will be greatly missed if they are to lose him in January.
Perhaps a swap deal would suit both clubs? Players like David Bentley and Jermaine Jenas are surplus to requirement at White Hart Lane, and but would they be capable of doing a job for David Moyes at Everton?