Eagles set to land as Pienaar takes flight?
Various news outlets are today reporting that Burnley’s former Manchester United wideman, 25-year-old Chris Eagles, is set to arrive at Goodison over the coming days as a replacement for the outgoing Steven Pienaar.
With Chelsea’s Carlo Ancelotti apparently having been given transfer funds following meetings with owner Roman Abramovic – the Blues currently facing up to something of a ‘mini-crisis’ as they sit 5th in the Premiership – rumours suggest that the Italian has targeted Pienaar as a low-value addition to his attacking ranks, with the obvious added benefit of Pienaar’s Champions League availability seen as a real attraction.
Whilst a fee of £3m has been touted as enough to take Pienaar to Stamford Bridge, other sources are claiming that Chelsea’s interest will only serve to strengthen Tottenham Hotspur’s resolve to recruit the diminutive South African, with the North Londoners also reported to be set to meet Everton’s valuation to take the player immediately as opposed to waiting until Pienaar’s contract expires in the summer.
Whichever club Pienaar ends up at, it now seems certain that the bargain £2m recruit from Borussia Dortmund will be bringing his Everton career to a close in the January window, and with the current perilous financial predicament at Goodison Park – rumours suggesting that David Moyes wasn’t even afforded a loan fee by his Chairman before selling – then with 6 months left on his current deal, it has to be viewed as good business.
The reported fee to secure the perma-tanned Eagles is £1.5m, and with Yakubu’s exit to Leicester leaving the Toffees woefully short of attacking options, it may well be that the balance of any fee received for Pienaar is used to recruit a forward on a short-term basis.