"Has he signed yet?" is a phrase quite a few Evertonians have been asking on phone calls, text messages and tweets over the last few weeks or so.
"NO" is still the answer. Steven Pienaar played for Spurs last night in a pre-season friendly at Stevenage. Surprising really, after David Moyes brought the feel good factor back to all Evertonians by signing Steven Naismith. He then stated in the press conference that his next big thing was to work on bringing back Steven Pienaar back to Everton. That was over 2 weeks ago. So what has happened since then?
New Spurs manager AVB has said that Pienaar can go. Moyes wants him. Pienaar wants to come back to Everton. Everton fans want him back. Even Spurs fans dont want him. They were booing the South African International every time his dreadlocks were swinging down the wing last night.
So it boils down to that 'old chestnut money'. Now we are guessing when we say this, as we don't know. Spurs top man, Daniel Levy is in prime spot here. By all accounts he's said you can have him back for £5m. Blue Bill has either not got £5m or doesnt want to spend £5m and him and Bobby Elstone are trying to negotiate a lower fee and pay it on the never never.
Levy, who has a reputation as a tough negotiater - remember the Modric saga last season, will see this as a piece of cake. The Spurs boss will no doubt be more interested in bringing in more players into Spurs than sorting out one, who wants away.
Maybe Blue Bill is waiting for a payment Everton are due to recieve on 1st August. Maybe Peanuts wont drop his wages. Maybe he's waiting for the cash from the Yobo sale, but that's not sorted yet. Maybe we wont sign him. Maybe Blue Bill will find a buyer. Whatever the reason is, the question "Has he signed yet?" will continue to be asked for a while longer.
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