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Steven Pienaar will complete a permanent return to Everton from Tottenham Hotspur this week, subject to a medical.
The South Africa midfielder, who went back to Goodison Park on loan for the second half of last season, endured a frustrating time at Tottenham, whom he joined from Everton for £3m in January 2011.
He was sold the merits of a move to Tottenham by Harry Redknapp, the club's then manager, who envisaged him providing competition in wide midfield areas. Redknapp considered the signing of the 30-year-old, who stood to leave Everton as a free agent last summer, as a bargain.
Yet Redknapp gave him only five Premier League starts, and the player struggled to find his rhythm. Pienaar's only goal for Tottenham came in the Europa League against Shamrock Rovers. The speed with which he rediscovered his form during his loan back at Everton was startling.
Pienaar did not travel to the United States last weekend for Tottenham's pre-season tour to confirm the impression that his time at the club was over. André Villas-Boas, the new manager, had described the negotiations with Everton as "ongoing" and they have now reached their conclusion.
EVERTON chairman Bill Kenwright admits losing Tim Cahill to New York Red Bulls is a massive blow.
Goodison hero Cahill has sealed a £1million move to America and Kenwright said the Aussie star’s impact at the club in his eight years on Merseyside made it a tough offer to accept.
He said: “I’ll miss him. He was the first player David Moyes and I went to see together. When we signed him he told me Everton was his destiny.
“We accepted this offer with a heavy heart but it is a great way to end his Everton career. It respects his desire never to play against us.”
Toffees defender Phil Jagielka has urged his team-mates to fill the huge void left by Cahill’s departure.
He said: “We will miss him on and off the pitch. He put in big displays in the most important games. I think Liverpool will be glad to see the back of him.
“He’ll be missed. He has been here years and had some fantastic moments.”
Meanwhile, Fulham are in a £1.5m fight with Hannover for Vitesse Arnhem’s Alexander Buttner.
Boss Martin Jol is keen to recruit the left-back, 23.
STEVEN PIENAAR will complete his return to Everton from Tottenham tomorrow – for more than £1million less than the £3m Spurs paid for him 18 months ago.
The South African midfielder, who struggled to make an impact at Spurs, recaptured his old form after going back to Goodison on loan last January, with four goals in 14 games.
He will be manager David Moyes’ second summer signing following Steven Naismith from Rangers.
West Brom and Everton are eyeing Villarreal’s Colombian defender Cristian Zapata.