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What The Papers Say

A round-up of Sunday's news.

What The Papers Say

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The Observer



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.

Daily Star on Sunday



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.

Sunday Express



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.

Kevin HeartyIt will be good to have "Peanuts", back on a permanant contract. I'm sure he wishes he'd never left now, and all EFC fans feel the same.

Sunday 29th July 21:36 Report Comment

frank woodsbrill moyes and kenright to get pienaar back naismith in barkly to play in place of cahill what a good season we will have 4 season ticket holders in one house coyb

Sunday 29th July 12:07 Report Comment

Lewis MathiesonCouldn't be happier that Peanuts is coming home!:D

Sunday 29th July 10:35 Report Comment

Joe Garriganwhen are baines and jags going to play some part in a game.They can't be that tired surely?

Sunday 29th July 10:34 Report Comment

Richard oliverwhat a bit of buisness that is sell pienna for 3 mill and get him back for less than 2 of thought spurs would of held us to ransom for at least 4 to 5 mill. glad to have peanuts back.

Sunday 29th July 10:06 Report Comment

Victor TayCome back soon Peanuts!!!

Sunday 29th July 09:50 Report Comment


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