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Tottenham midfielder Niko Kranjcar is to reject a potential loan move to Everton in favour of a permanent deal somewhere else, a report in The Daily Mail claims.
The Croatian international is said to be unhappy with a lack of first-team football at White Hart Lane, but David Moyes’ attempts to secure him on loan in January appear to have hit the rocks.
It is claimed that Kranjcar, 26, wants a permanent move in order to kick-start his career, rather than a loan deal which would last until the end of the season.
The report claims Tottenham’s asking price for the midfielder is in the £3 million region, but due to Everton’s debts, Moyes will have to look elsewhere for a Steven Pienaar replacement, as the South African looks set to join Inter for free in the summer.
Moyes said: “Our spending has been quite tight and relatively small compared to that of the Premier League.”
The former Portsmouth star, who joined Spurs for a fee of around £2m, is believed to be attracting interest from Premier League clubs Newcastle United and Liverpool, plus Bavarian giants Bayern Munich.
Kranjcar's lack of involvement in the Spurs first-team in recent weeks is reflected in his current Castrol Ranking of 697th, down from 373rd a month earlier.