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Thu Apr 24 08:58:07 SAST 2014

Pienaar running back to Everton

Nick Said | 23 July, 2012 07:070 Comments
Stevenage v Tottenham Hotspur - Pre Season Friendly
Steven Pienaar of Tottenham Hotspur controls the ball as Anthony Grant of Stevenage watches during the pre-season friendly at The Lamex Stadium on July 18, 2012 in Stevenage, England
Image by: Pete Norton / Getty Images

BAFANA Bafana captain Steven Pienaar has agreed personal terms on a return to Everton and will in all likelihood complete his switch from Tottenham Hotspur this week.

Pienaar is desperate to return to Merseyside for his fourth spell at the club and all that remains now is for Everton to find the funds for his transfer.

They are hoping to do this through the sale of Nigerian international defender Joseph Yobo to Turkish side Fenerbahce, which is imminent after protracted negotiations.

"I think we are much closer to Pienaar and hopefully in time I will have something, but I don't quite have it yet," Everton manager David Moyes said at the weekend.

Pienaar spent a successful six months on loan at The Toffees in the second half of last year, having initially joined Everton on loan from German side Borussia Dortmund for the 2007-08 season. He was signed on a permanent deal the following season and became a cult hero at the club, being voted Player of the Season in the 2009-10 campaign.

His desire to play Champions League football saw him leave for Tottenham Hotspur in January last year, but injury and a reluctance from then boss Harry Redknapp to select him meant he did not make a single league start for Spurs.

His loan at Everton from January this year was a roaring success, though.

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