Everton expect to complete move for Tottenham midfielder Pienaar this week

The Toffees will improve their offer for the South African after agreeing to sell Tim Cahill to New York Red Bulls and are hopeful of securing the 30-year-old for £4 million
By Greg Stobart

Everton hope to complete a permanent move for Tottenham midfielder Steven Pienaar this week after agreeing to sell Tim Cahill to New York Red Bulls.

Cahill’s surprise departure in a £1 million deal will free up funds to complete a move for Pienaar, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Everton and is desperate to return to the club next term.


The 30-year-old is understood to have agreed personal terms with the Toffees and manager David Moyes is confident of striking an agreement over a deal worth around £4m, with the two clubs in contact on an almost daily basis.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy wants £5m for Pienaar but the South African does not feature in the club’s plans after a difficult time in north London since his £2.5m move from Everton in January 2011 after three-and-a-half years on Merseyside.

Pienaar was hugely impressive on his return to Goodison Park last term, scoring four goals and providing seven assists as Everton finished seventh in the Premier League.

Moyes is looking to freshen up his attacking options this summer and has already signed Steven Naismith from Rangers, but he has made it clear that Pienaar is the club’s leading target for the summer transfer window.

"I think we are much closer to Pienaar and hopefully in time I will have something, but I don't quite have it yet," Moyes said on Saturday following his side’s pre-season draw with Motherwell.

Cahill, 32, is expected to complete his move to the New York Red Bulls after eight years at Everton following his £1.5m move from Millwall in which he scored 68 goals in 278 appearances.

His performance levels dropped last season and both Moyes and the Australian midfielder have decided that his time at the club has come to an end, confirming an agreement with the Red Bulls in a statement on Monday.

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