Crouch and Pienaar Exchange Could Benefit Both Everton and Spurs

Ron FurlongAnalyst IIAugust 25, 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07:  Peter Crouch of Tottenham Hotspur in action during the pre-season friendly match between Tottenham Hotspur and Fiorentina at White Hart Lane on August 7, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Tottenham's Peter Crouch is for sale. David Moyes and Everton would love to add the big fellow, but it's not quite so simple.

What it might end up boiling down to is whether Everton wants Peter Crouch up front or Stephen Pienaar in the midfield. They can't have both.

Why? It's a simple matter of money.

Moyes does not have the funds to re-sign Pienaar and add Crouch. So, Moyes has to make a choice.

Reports are that Everton has balked at the £10 million fee Tottenham has thrown out there. However, an interesting twist to the story could be an exchange of players between Tottenham and Everton, with some money coming Everton's way. Harry Redknapp is said to be keen on adding Pienaar, so the exchange seems logical.

Moyes must be concerned with the start of his forwards in the first two games. Louis Saha has failed to impress so far, Yakubu is rumored to West Ham, and the jury is still out on whether Jermaine Beckford can translate his considerable goal scoring ability to the Premier League.

Everton cannot afford the start to the year they had last season, and they are dangerously close to entering those waters again with only one point through two games.

Crouch knows how to put the ball in the net. The Blues would still be strong in the midfield without Pienaar, with the likes of Tim Cahill, Jack Rodwell, and Mikel Arteta.

If Moyes does not sell Pienaar now and finds himself unable to reach a deal with the South African soon, Everton risks losing Pienaar when his contract is up at the end of the season and getting nothing in return.

Moyes and Redknapp should make this happen. It seems that it could benefit both.