Tottenham Refuse To Up Pienaar Bid As Chelsea Plod On

Chris Wright

17th, January 2011


By Chris Wright

“If y’ain’t comin’ tae the Lane, then f**k ye!”

Despite being repeatedly linked to the guy for the last geologic period or so, Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has conceded that his pursuit of Everton winger Steven Pienaar is now doomed to end in failure, after Chelsea gazumped his unsuccessful £2 million bid for the South African international by a further £1 million over the weekend.

So said Redknapp:

“I don’t know if we would be prepared to match [Chelsea’s] offer to be honest with you, I doubt it very much,”

“Our chairman made an offer to take him but Chelsea have come in with £3 million and, if Everton are prepared to sell him, they would probably get him.”

No stranger to doling out the odd ‘palm-greaser’ hither and thither himself, Old ‘Arry also admitted that he was a little bemused about Chelsea’s nefarious tactics in the run up to the lodging of their bid:

“It’s all very strange to me how they have suddenly offered £3 million for him.

“The manager of Chelsea (Carlo Ancelotti), he’s a lovely guy and honest as the day is long, comes on television and denies they made an offer for Pienaar. I don’t know who has made the offer.

“I’ve got my own ideas about the whole situation but I couldn’t say. I think I do know what’s happening but, if I said, I would be in big trouble.”


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  1. Jon says:

    So Edin Dzeko is 9 times the player Pienaar is?

  2. mark says:

    Is Harry implying that Chelsea have not made a bid and that Everton are blagging to get Spurs to cough up the extra 1m? I watched the interview with Ancelotti and he did not confirm if Chelsea wanted the player or not, he stated that he is a good player and that is all, as is Chelsea’s policy with all speculation. So unless Harry called Carlo, to my knowledge Carlo has not denied interest in the player. In my opinion Pienaar is a bargin at 3m, he was player of the year for the Toffee’s last year and I would be surprised if Everton have not had an offer from Chelsea which has been accepted because if not why would they leave the player out yesterday?? Unless Spurs increase the offer he will be a Chelsea player this week.

  3. Chris says:

    @Mark: I ain’t got a clue what’s going on. Everton have officially confirmed that they have accepted a bid from Chelsea which, were it not the case, you’d assume Chelsea may have something to say about.

    Agreed though, £3m for Pienaar is a steal.

  4. Dan says:

    I agree 3m would be highway robbery – however I suppose it’s worth it if he’d just end up on the bench. While it’s possible he’d dislodge Lennon on the wing, I guarantee he wouldn’t take over for van der Vaart or Bale. It’s a better move if they were to shed Kranjcar at some point this month

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