Everton boss admits he wants to keep Spurs loanee

11:38 03 May 2012

Steven Pienaar, pictured celebrating his goal against Manchester United, is on loan at Everton from Tottenham Hotspur.

Steven Pienaar, pictured celebrating his goal against Manchester United, is on loan at Everton from Tottenham Hotspur.

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Transfer News: David Moyes would like to keep Steven Pienaar at the club

Everton manager David Moyes has revealed that Tottenham loanee Steven Pienaar wants to make his return to Goodison permanent.

The South African endured a torrid year in north London, making just 10 league appearances and returned to Merseyside on loan in January.

In the 30-year-old’s 12 league games back with the Toffees he has scored three goals, including a last-gasp equaliser against Manchester United last month.

“Steven has made a huge impact for us. I don’t know if we can sign him or not, but we will try after the season finishes,” Moyes said.

“I’m sure we would all here like to keep Steven Pienaar. He has told me he wants to stay.

“If that’s the case, then it gives us a chance to make it happen. Obviously though he is owned by Tottenham Hotspur.

“Steven was terrific against Fulham. He looks like he enjoys his football here where he can be appreciated and what he does is acceptable.”

In Pienaar’s first spell with Everton, between 2007 and 2011, he made 104 league appearances and was on the scoresheet nine times.

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