What The Papers Say - 26 April
Round-up of the day's paper talk.
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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.
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.
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.