Moyes: Bringing Pienaar back to Everton was a gamble

The Toffees' boss says he felt uneasy about re-signing the South African from Spurs for more than he originally sold him for, but was delighted it proved to be a clever investment
Everton manager David Moyes has admitted he was not completely convinced that he was making the right decision when he re-signed Steven Pienaar from Tottenham.

The Scot paid Spurs £4.5 million for the South African only 18 months after selling him to the north London side for just £3m and says he was initially concerned about whether it was a good deal for the club

“I did worry when it was first mentioned about bringing Steven back," Moyes told The Sun.

“At Everton we have always tried to do good deals and have always tried to buy at the right age and the right price.

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“We had to buy Steven back for more than we sold him for. That didn’t sit well with me because I didn’t particularly see it as a good business deal.

“But I knew on the football side of things he would make us better. It’s been a great deal for us and we’re delighted to have him.”

Pienaar initially re-joined on a loan deal before completing a permanent transfer this summer and Moyes says the player was desperate to return to Goodison Park.

“Steven wanted to come back — that was the biggest thing," he added.

“He wanted to come back more than anything and because of that it swayed me to do the deal."