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Pienaar bid from Tottenham accepted

January 17, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Everton have confirmed that they have now accepted a fresh bid from Tottenham Hotspur for Steven Pienaar, after David Moyes confirmed on Sunday that Chelsea had also made an accepted bid, believed to be around the £3 million mark.

Steven Pienaar has so far refused to sign a new contract
GettyImagesSteven Pienaar has refused to sign a new contract at Everton and can leave for free in the summer

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South Africa captain Pienaar is believed to favour joining Tottenham over Chelsea, with whom he has so far failed to agree personal terms.

When asked about Pienaar at the weekend, Spurs manager Harry Redknapp spoke of his hopes that Chelsea had not beaten him to the punch. "Pienaar is a good player," Redknapp said. "He can play left or right or down the middle. I like him. I would not be urging the chairman – I would not want to be putting the chairman under any pressure to buy Pienaar but at £2m-£3m, he's certainly not dear, is he? Would Everton sell him for that? I don't know. David Moyes wants to keep him and I don't blame him."

Everton boss David Moyes withdrew Piennar from the Merseyside derby on Sunday after the player told him he was not in a correct mental state to play at Anfield. Pienaar's contract ends this summer and Everton are keen to cash in while they can and before the midfielder walks away for free.

An article on Everton's website read: "Everton can confirm they have agreed terms with Tottenham over the possible transfer of Steven Pienaar."

Spurs have been considered the favourites to land Pienaar but appeared to be at loggerheads with Everton over a transfer fee.

The north London club were initially thought to have bid £2million while Chelsea were prepared to offer a more acceptable £3million.

Spurs manager Harry Redknapp said he was unsure whether that figure could be matched but it has been reported that a compromise figure of £2.5million might have been offered.