Steven Pienaar has completed his move from Everton. The South Africa international, who was in the final year of his deal with the Toffees, has snubbed Premier League champions Chelsea in favour of penning a four-and-a-half year contract with Spurs, who are believed to have paid £3m for his services.
A statement on the club’s official website read:
“We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Everton and Steven Pienaar for the player’s transfer to the club.”
Speaking prior to the confirmation of the deal, Spurs boss Harry Redknapp had told Sky Sports News: “He’s a good signing. He’s a good footballer, I think he’ll fit into the way we play great and I’ve always liked him.
“He has a good attitude, a good trainer, a good player. I know David Moyes loved him at Everton and it was unfortunate he decided not to stay
“But in the end I think it is a fair deal – Everton got a decent fee in the end for him, Chelsea were in for him, and I think he spoke to Chelsea and he came and spoke to us and he’s decided to come here.”
Pienaar, who is expected to make his debut against Newcastle United this weekend, had revealed his intentions earlier on Tuesday, posting on Twitter:
“To end speculation I am going to Spurs.
“I’ve had brilliant years at Everton and it will always be a special place in my heart.”