Steven Pienaar returns to Everton from Tottenham for £4.5m

By Ben SmithBBC Sport
Steven Pienaar

Steven Pienaar has completed a £4.5m move back to Everton, 18 months after joining Tottenham for a reported £3m.

The South African midfielder, 30, has signed a four-year deal after returning to Goodison on loan in January.

"It took a few weeks to sort out but I am delighted to be back and excited to play for Everton," Pienaar said.external-link

"There was no doubt in my mind that I would be back here. At the end of the season I told the manager how I felt and I am happy now it is all done."

Pienaar started just five Premier League matches for Spurs before moving back to Everton and playing 14 top flight games.

Everton manager David Moyes moved to bolster his attacking options after Tim Cahill joined New York Red Bulls last week.

Pienaar joined Everton from German club Borussia Dortmund in 2007 and spent three-and-a-half seasons at Goodison Park before leaving for Tottenham in January 2011.


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