Everton to offer Pienaar biggest deal in club's history
Published 22:30 19/06/10 By Simon Mullock
Everton have moved a step closer to keeping Steven Pienaar at Goodison – after manager David Moyes went to the World Cup with an offer to make the South African the highest-paid player in the club’s history.
Moyes, who is in Johannesburg as a radio pundit, visited Pienaar at the host nation’s training camp to table a four-year deal worth £55,000 a week.
The offer is within Everton’s tight pay structure, but would make the 28-year-old the club’s top earner.
The Merseysiders are now awaiting a response from the winger and his agent.
Pienaar has just one year left on his existing agreement and Tottenham have been monitoring the contract impasse.
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has been weighing up a £10million bid after Pienaar rejected two previous contract offers.
Moyes has made it clear that his valuation of the midfielder is closer to the £20m mark.
And he has already told the Goodison board that he would prefer to hold Pienaar to the final 12 months of his contract than sell him in a cut-price deal.
That prompted the Everton hierarchy to draft a third offer to the player during the World Cup.
Moyes is hoping that it will be enough to secure Pienaar’s future.
The Everton boss rescued the Johannesburg-born playmaker from a nightmare spell at Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund.
Pienaar’s career had hit the buffers in Germany after he initially arrived in Europe with Dutch giants Ajax.
Moyes paid Dortmund a £350,000 loan fee for the player in 2007. The deal included a clause which enabled Everton to make the move permanent for a further £2m. Pienaar was exceptional for the Blues this season and was voted the club’s player of the year.
But he has struggled in a faltering South Africa team at the World Cup.