Club Focus – Tottenham – Pienaar tweets his way to new home

In a week where the social networking site Twitter has hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons in the football world, it is also a deliverer of fresh sporting news and moves as it was yesterday when South African Steven Pienaar revealed his move to Tottenham Hotspur from Premier League rivals Everton following a bid in the region of £3m from the London club.

At the end of last week Liverpool’s Dutch winger Ryan Babel pleaded guilty and was fined £10,000 for posting a picture of referee Howard Webb in a Manchester United shirt following Liverpool’s 1-0 FA Cup defeat at Old Trafford in which a penalty was awarded and captain Steven Gerrard was given a red card for a dangerous challenge. This is not the first time football’s name has been tarnished under the famous “Twitter row”, with an incident between Liverpool right-back Glen Johnson and former footballer and current pundit Paul Merson exchanging words on the network.

However, yesterday saw the revelation of Steven Pienaar announcing his move to Tottenham, finally ending any speculation of where his future may lie come the end of the January transfer market. He tweeted: “To end speculation I am going to Spurs. I’ve had brilliant years at Everton and it will always be a special place in my heart”. It ends months of rumours surrounding the South African international who was at one point this week close to agreeing terms with Premier League champions Chelsea, but Harry Redknapp’s admiration of the midfielder and desire to increase his squad numbers following the departure of winger David Bentley and the seemingly imminent exit of striker Robbie Keane. Especially with the Champions’ League knock out stages and a tough tie against Italian giants AC Milan coming up, Redknapp will be keen to boost his attacking options for the remainder of the domestic and European season.

Should Pienaar be granted a work permit, Redknapp is keen to introduce him into the Spurs squad for their trip to Newcastle United this weekend after passing a medical and agreeing personal terms. The attacking midfielder will wear the No. 40 shirt for his new side, and for Redknapp it will be seen as an overwhelming success in the transfer market. Without a doubt, Spurs have made some shrewd signings in recent transfer windows, with the coups of Nico Kranjcar and Rafael van der Vaart for £1m and £8m, respectively. However, with the arrival of Pienaar to White Hart Lane, doubts will be raised over out-of-favour Kranjcar’s future in the capital.

Kranjcar had been rumoured to leave the club at the start of January, but with Bentley moving to Birmingham City, Redknapp may think twice about selling the Croatian playmaker until the summer.

The signing of Pienaar is a growing message for Spurs fans that as well as competing with Chelsea in the league, they can now battle, and beat them in the transfer market, making them a threatening force on the pitch and on a grander scale, as a football club.

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