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What The Papers Say - 26 April

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STEVEN Pienaar is at a club  where he is "highly  appreciated" although talks  over his Everton FC future have  yet to begin, according to his  agent.

The South African  midfielder's Goodison loan  spell expires after the season  ends on May 13,  with the  Toffees keen to retain the  services of a player they  originally sold to Tottenham  in January  2011.

But Spurs are believed to  want more than double the  £3m they originally paid  Everton for the  South African  international, and the Blues  could be forced to compete  with a host of other  European  clubs to secure his signature.

Pienaar is enjoying his  football back on Merseyside  and would be happy to stay,  especially with  Spurs in  danger of missing out on  Champions League football  next term while Harry  Redknapp's  future at White  Hart Lane remains a doubt.

However, David Moyes  must wait to meet chairman  Bill Kenwright after the  campaign is over  before he  knows his transfer budget,  and Pienaar's wage demands  could again prove to be a   sticking point.

His agent Rob  Moore said: "His  style of play is ideally  suited (at Everton)  and he is highly   appreciated.

"There were  three clubs keen on  signing Steven on a  loan deal (in  January). But he  wanted  to go to  Everton because he  could fit into the  scheme of things  there immediately.

"At Stoke or  Queens Park  Rangers he would  have been required  to make a fresh  start and this  could  have been more  difficult.

"It has  undoubtedly proved  to be the right  decision, with  Steven able to  demonstrate his  talents  to the full,  while regaining his  zest and  enthusiasm.

"What is most  important to  him is that he  keeps playing  on a continual  basis. Playing  is what  makes  him happy."

Meanwhile,  four Everton  players have  been named in the  England Under-19s  squad to take  part  in the European  Championship Elite  Qualifying Round.

Ross Barkley,  Luke Garbutt and  John Lundstram all  feature, as does  defender Eric Dier,  on  loan at the Blues  from Sporting  Lisbon.

Under-19s head  coach Noel Blake  was at Finch Farm  on Monday for the  reserve team's  game   against  Blackburn  and  watched  on closely  as Barkley,  Dier and  Lundstram  helped the  second  string seal a  2-0 victory.

The squad  represents a first  call-up for Dier and  Lundstram, who  both figured  for the  Three Lions'  Under-18s side  earlier this season.

Daily Mail

Everton will move for out-of-contract Wigan midfielder Mohamed Diame this summer as David Moyes continues to shop on a budget.

The midfielder is unlikely to pen a new deal at the DW Stadium, and is attracting interest from several Premier League clubs despite a regressive campaign.

As well as Everton, Newcastle are considering an approach but must wait to see how their season ends before settling on transfer targets, according to the Daily Mirror.

That delay is likely to leave Everton unchallenged should they move early for the powerful Senegal international.

Diame has started just over half of Wigan's games this season, falling behind the more creative duo of James McArthur and James McCarthy in the heart of midfield.

The French-born star is keen to stay in England when his contract runs out having largely been considered a success since moving from Rayo Vallecano in 2009.

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