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Reading the article this morning about Steven Pienaar being wanted by Spurs, two things struck me:

First, is this now going to be a regular ploy between competing teams to try and unsettle a rival squad (a la Lescott, Milner and now Rodwell and Pienaar)? Allow the player to keep going through all of the pre-season then feed in rumours that you want to buy them to unsettle the squad? That's a pretty devious trend, methinks.

Secondly, West Ham say we'll offer you £6m for Yak then come back with a revised offer of £5m. Now they're talking about Spurs offering just £6m for Pienaar. Do they know something we don't? Do they suspect some sort of desperate agreement from us (if so, why?) or are these linked to the first point, trying to destabalise the player? For example, 'we'd love to have you play for us and give you tons of dosh if only Everton would be more reasonable' (whilst having no intention of a serious offer)?
Chris Gallagher, Derby     Posted 20/08/2010 at 08:11:45

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Sean McCarthy
1   Posted 20/08/2010 at 14:54:07

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Or, like any reasonable observer, they can see that Yakubu is not half the player he was pre-injury, and never will be... and Peinaar is availble in January for free so maybe Everton will bite the bullet and let him go on the cheap rather than lose him for nothing!!
Alex Gibney
2   Posted 20/08/2010 at 15:00:20

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Cos as usual we have no money and they all know we have to sell before we buy. Is Bill still looking for investment "24-7"...!!!
Jay Harris
3   Posted 20/08/2010 at 16:12:43

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Have to agree with Alex.

It's very strange for the club not to push on with Pienaars contract negotiations which suggests to me he is a very saleable asset in the absense of any reasonable offers for Yak,Vaughan or Yobo.

Roberto Birquet
4   Posted 20/08/2010 at 16:12:39

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Reading the article this morning about Steven Pienaar being wanted by Spurs, two things struck me:

First, is this now going to be a regular ploy between competing teams to try and unsettle a rival squad ....

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This newspaper talk may or may not be true.
I do not know why people believe the press but they often do - with or without any evidence of their assertions; same in politics [the economic recession is because of government spendg - ugh???] same in football.

After the daft story run in the Mail this week about Rodwell ? did ya see it? Ancelotti: "Rodwell is a good player" = the clearest indication yet that Chelsea will bid for Rodwell.

Utter rubbish! And we actually buy this crap.
Alan Clarke
5   Posted 20/08/2010 at 17:03:38

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The Mail have really gone for it with Everton players this summer and so far not one link has turned out to be true. Isn't their sports editor a RS?

I'm amazed that this story runs on the same day that other newspapers are running the story about Pienaar stating that he wants to stay. I think the Mail just have an axe to grind with Everton this summer for some reason, maybe because they really don't want us crashing the top 4 in place of their beloved Liverpool.
Tony J Williams
6   Posted 20/08/2010 at 17:28:54

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Just once, I would love Everton to call a newspaper out on something like this. If there hasn't been an official approach by Spurs then Everton should call them out demanding an explanation as to how they know Spurs are willing to pay X amount. No doubt the slimeballs will quote an anonymous source..... wankers.
Paul Doyle
7   Posted 20/08/2010 at 17:24:32

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The Mail has it in for anything to do with the City of Liverpool, be it Rooney and anyone in his family, Ladies Day at Aintree, or just upsetting players at Everton. All through last summer, they permanently ran with the Lescott / City move; they tried it this year with Rodwell going to Chelsea and Arteta going to Arsenal and now it's Pienaar's turn.

These rags are always trying to undermine Everton and keep us down, the club needs to sign Pienaar up or be prepared for more of this till next January.

Andy Crooks
8   Posted 20/08/2010 at 18:50:34

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Why would Spurs want Pienaar? They have Modric who is similar but vastly superior.
Tom Bowers
9   Posted 20/08/2010 at 19:09:29

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Didn't any club, any club at all enquire about Osman?
Ian Tod
10   Posted 20/08/2010 at 19:09:39

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@Andy 7, I think saying Modric is vastly superior to one of last season's best Premier League performers is a bit OTT. I think Modric is a very good player who is similar to Pienaar but not a superior player to Pienaar by any means.
Brendan O'Doherty
11   Posted 20/08/2010 at 19:50:16

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"And we actually buy this crap"

Speak for yourself Roberto!

I wouldn't even use it for toilet paper if I'd run out.
Kevin Hudson
12   Posted 20/08/2010 at 19:54:31

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Looks like the story's bollocks.

I certainly hope it is. If Joe's fallen down the pecking order,we at least need back-up.
Kevin Hudson
13   Posted 20/08/2010 at 19:56:54

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Apology: I'm a moron!

I thought this was the Yobo thread - doh!

I'll put down the crack pipe..
Billy Fisher
14   Posted 20/08/2010 at 19:58:47

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Good post, Chris, could be paranoia or could well be a snidey tactic as you appear to be saying. It seems to work in unsettling rival teams and if it becomes the norm, it's another shit part about football. Fortunately Everton don't stoop that low; would be good if Moyes came out and said that... would do wonders for the team spirit.
Roberto Birquet
15   Posted 20/08/2010 at 20:32:13

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Brendan O'Doherty
I wouldn't even use it for toilet paper if I'd run out.-----------
Smart move. It's already covered with the stuff.
Des Farren
16   Posted 20/08/2010 at 21:05:37

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Brendan #11
Just as a curiousity,what do you use when you "run out"?
Eddie Harrison
17   Posted 20/08/2010 at 21:01:06

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Speaking of players moving to other clubs; Check out Mark Hughes comments on the BBC about Mark Schwarzer's move to Arsenal and how clubs will try to unsettle players. I'm sure I don't have to point out how ridiculous they are coming from him.
Brendan O'Doherty
18   Posted 20/08/2010 at 23:53:52

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I don't.
Albert Perkins
19   Posted 21/08/2010 at 05:21:41

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I'd run out and get some more.
Joeynkoo Ludden
20   Posted 21/08/2010 at 10:45:16

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A yak bid of £5m and a Peanuts bid of £6m does nothing to tempt anyone... no legs in this... no affect on players as they know such a shit offer is never going anywhere... lets agree this is tabloid crap and not worth discussing..
Roberto Birquet
21   Posted 21/08/2010 at 13:35:56

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Joeynkoo
A yak bid of £5m and a Peanuts bid of £6m does nothing to tempt anyone... no legs in this... no affect on players as they know such a shit offer is never going anywhere... lets agree this is tabloid crap and not worth discussing..
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er, your're dicussing it. Get in! bit of an open goal that one...

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