The u-turn that was hinted at yesterday looks to be almost complete as reports claim that Everton have accepted an offer from Spurs for their midfielder Steven Pienaar. Last week, Chelsea tabled a bid of £3m which was accepted by the Toffees and it would now appear that Tottenham, who had initially made an offer that fell short of Chelsea’s bid, have matched the asking price.
With two matching offers on the table, this morning’s Independent states that Spurs are in pole position, as Chelsea are not willing to meet the player’s wage demands. Not so long ago it would seem unlikely that any player would choose to join Tottenham ahead of Chelsea, but it seems that their days of being able to financially out-muscle the rest of the Premier League are over.
Pienaar joined Everton from Borussia Dortmund and quickly became a fans favourite. He has Champions League experience and played alongside Rafael van der Vaart at Ajax. He will be out of contract in the summer and with Everton continuing to under achieve, it seems time for him to move on.
Quite where he will slot in to the Spurs midfield is open to question but if he does arrive, it is likely to spark a clear out of some of our fringe players.