Tottenham midfielder Niko Kranjcar set to reject Everton loan switch in favour of permanent move - report

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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.

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Site managers must also make sure that all DEBATE and CREATION articles are HPd on the Castrol Zone 'hub' (section to most folk), which will be getting added to the site imminently. ONLY the debate and creation articles need HPd, and only on the Castrol Zone 'hub'. You can special the debate and creation articles on Main, though.
Key is communication - for example, we will be wanting to create our own Have Your Say articles most weeks, for which Rich (along with the other editors) will be responsible for coming up with the idea. The actual writing of it will likely be the responsibility of news writers on most occasions. However, site managers must be alert to the same type of articles appearing on INTL, and know whether they are to copy it across or not. For instance, there should only ever be one Debate article, either our own or one from INTL. If the Creation articles are of interest to a UK audience, great - copy them across and make sure Rich knows that it has been done. If not, there is no requirement that you have to copy it across, just a requirement that we meet our 'quota'. If in doubt, ask.
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