White Hart Lane side appear to have clinched a deal to sign Goodison Park contract rebel.
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Steven Pienaar’s £3m transfer to Chelsea has broken down over personal terms, leaving Tottenham Hotspur as the favourites for his signature. The Everton midfielder said goodbye to team-mates after training today and he looks to have played his last game for the club. Tottenham had agreed a deal in principle – a four-year contract worth £70,000 a week – and appeared content for it to be concluded in the summer, when the player will becomes a Bosman free agent. But Chelsea raised the tempo yesterday by making a £3m bid which was accepted by Everton.
Carlo Ancelotti, the Chelsea manager, has the backing of the owner Roman Abramovich to pep up his faltering champions in the winter transfer window. But it quickly became apparent that Chelsea could not meet Pienaar’s demands and sources at the club have said that their interest has ended.
Spurs contacted Everton when they were made aware of the Chelsea offer and they indicated that they were also willing to bid, for fear of being gazumped. Their first offer was below Chelsea’s £3m but the signs tonight were that the player was close to agreeing a move to north London. (Guardian)
This whole saga appears to be going around in circles. It had looked likely that Chelsea has fought off all comers by completing a deal for Everton contract rebel Steven Pienaar but then that deal collapsed and talk of a move to the continent to either Inter Milan or Atletico Madrid was rife but now it appears that Tottenham have come back in with an offer to sign the 28 year old this month so as to avoid any possibility they would lose out in the summer.
Clearly Goodison Park boss David Moyes has had to think long and hard about what road to take. The Toffees had to work out whether it was financially prudent to bank something for Pienaar’s services now rather than lose him for nothing in the summer, but then had to balance that fact with whether they could still get a lot out of the South African in playing terms for the remainder of the season.
It appears however that they have elected to take the money, about £3m, for the former Ajax and Borussia Dortmund man.
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