Why is it that Spurs seem hellbent on chasing Everton’s South African winger Steven Pienaar?
Speculation surrounding the World Cup star has been rife as his contract crawls ever closer to expiry in the summer with Tottenham emerging as the frontrunners for his signature.
Spurs have been linked to the star for some time and it would seem Harry is ready to offer his out-of-favour midfielder Niko Kranjcar in a swap deal worth roughly £15million.
The News of the World are reporting that Redknapp will offer his Croatian talisman plus £1million for Pienaar’s services. This could be an intriguing prospect for Toffees’ boss David Moyes, who has struggled to reach an agreement with Pienaar over an extension on his contract.
Moyes certainly needs a replacement for Pienaar if the winger decides to leave in January and Kranjcar would fit the bill. The Croatian International has years of Premier League experience and would be a snip considering that Everton would be resigned to losing Pienaar for free in the summer.
However, it is a head scratcher from Harry’s point of view. Spurs are exceptionally comfortable on the wings at the moment with the exceptional form of Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon making it hard to see where Pienaar could fit in. Furthermore, Everton’s desperation to keep the winger will have increased the player’s wage demands and could stall any deal when agreeing terms.
Pienaar is yet to agree another deal at Goodison and will be hot property for a host of clubs come January. With the contract expiry looming, any offer in excess of £8million should be enough to secure the wingers services.
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