David Moyes has given the biggest hint yet that Steven Pienaar may be about to extend his stay at Goodison beyond the end of the current campaign.
So far, the Blues Boss has kept coy about the South African’s future, but after his rampant display against Fulham over the weekend he finally admitted that the 30-year-old has confessed his desire to stay on Merseyside.
However, the transfer fee may prove a stumbling block for the club with Tottenham, who are notoriously hard to deal with, rumoured to want more than double the fee they paid for his services in January 2011.
Following the game Moyes told the Liverpool Echo, "I don't know if we have, or haven't got a chance of keeping Steven Pienaar yet. We'll try after the season finishes. I'm sure we would all like to keep him, and I actually think Steven would like to stay. If that's the case, it gives us a chance to make it happen, obviously he's owned by Tottenham Hotspur but he's told me he wants to stay.”
Everton’s No. 22 has played a significant part in the club’s renaissance post January and is one of the reasons for the Toffees’ up-turn in form. Fellow signings Nikica Jelavic and Darron Gibson, as well as the temporary loan signing of US International Landon Donovan, have also played their part which has seen the club overhaul neighbours Liverpool to take seventh place.
It is no secret that the club lacked creativity in the first half of the season but Pienaar’s return has not only seen a drastic improvement in form in the team, but also England International Leighton Baines. The duo boast one of the best partnerships in the league and the left back now looks like he has a spring back in his step that was missing in the early stages of the season.
Marouane Fellaini has also benefited from the return of Pienaar, but Jelavic may just be the greatest benefactor. In the win over Fulham, the tricky midfielder teed up the striker for his tenth goal in an Everton shirt, it’s not the first time the two have combined and it certainly won’t be the last.
At the moment Everton are thriving with Pienaar back in their side whilst Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp must be questioning his decision to let the player go with his team suffering a slump in form.
It remains to be seen whether Pienaar will rejoin the Blues on a permanent deal in the summer but for now, the Goodison faithful can sit back and watch their hero enjoy his football once again.