Transfer news

Saha and Pienaar trade clubs

January 31, 2012
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Tottenham have completed a surprise deadline-day swoop for Everton striker Louis Saha, while Steven Pienaar has moved in the opposite direction on loan until the end of the season.

Louis Saha, Steven Pienaar
PA PhotosLouis Saha and Steven Pienaar have moved in opposite directions

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Saha, 33, had six months left on his Everton contract but has been allowed to join Spurs on a short-term deal until the end of the season.

The Frenchman has scored just twice in 20 games in the current campaign but has proven Premier League pedigree for the Toffees, as well as former clubs Manchester United, Fulham and Newcastle. He leaves for White Hart Lane having scored 35 in 115 appearances for Everton and will provide competition for Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor.

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp had confirmed he expected the deal to go through, telling Sky Sports News after his team's 3-1 defeat of Wigan: "I like Saha. I've always rated him very highly, I think he's a fantastic player.

"He's got good movement, can score goals but probably needs a change. He's out of contract at the end of the year so David Moyes has let him go. I can remember speaking to Rio Ferdinand and he said he was the best forward he'd played against.''

Everton later confirmed that Pienaar, 29, had returned to Goodison Park on a loan deal from Spurs.

The South Africa midfielder joined Spurs in January last year but has had limited impact due to fitness problems and now heads back to Everton until the end of the season.