Tottenham Hotspurs have given midfielder Steven Pienaar the green light to leave the club if Sunderland or any other club can meet their £5 million asking price. Pienaar who has not seen any league action this season due to his niggling injuries, has struggled to impose himself in Harry Redknapp’s side since his £2.5 million move from Everton last January.
With age catching up with the South African star, Pienaar could be force to end his playing career prematurely. Surprisingly, another factor that is forcing Tottenham to offload Pienaar is his high wage demands.
Earning £60,000 every week, Pienaar is one of the highest paid players in Tottenham. However, the club has failed to see a return on their investment and as such are looking to put their money to good use by offering Luca Modric a new improved deal that should keep him at White Hart Lane until 2016,
Pienaar’s former clubs Everton and Sunderland have shown the biggest interest in him, with the Black Cats rumoured to have already made a £4 million bid for the 29 year old.
However, according to a source close to the club, Pienaar will not be sold cheaply.
“Harry and Steven had an honest conversation and the conclusion was that he would be allowed to leave if a decent offer comes in,” the source was quoted as saying.
“Harry is a big fan – after all, he signed him in the first place – but it just hasn’t worked out.
“He won’t be leaving on the cheap, though. It will take at least £5-6m for Spurs to sell in January.”
Meanwhile, Pienaar has insisted that he had no rejecting Chelsea for Spurs. In an interview late last year, Pienaar revealed that he had no regrets about joining Spurs.
“Regrets? No, not at all,” Pienaar said.
“It has been a very hard decision to make. It was hard to leave Everton as club and Liverpool as a city.
“It was hard to go, but in life you have to make decisions. I made this one as a footballer and as a human being, and I don’t have any regrets about what I chose to do. Not at all.”
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