North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur will go head to head in the battle to sign Steven Pienaar as the South African’s contract talks with Everton have stalled.
Everton are keen to keep Pienaar, who is one of their most valuable players, but he is now in the last year of his contract and the two parties are far apart in their valuations.
Aside from money, both London sides could offer Pienaar a route back into Champions League football and Harry Redknapp is keen to bolster his squad ahead of Spurs’ first-ever European Cup campaign.
Pienaar admitted: “I’d say the spirit of discussions was very good, but we have differing valuations, so my future isn’t clear, I don’t know.
“Everton may keep me for the last year of my deal, but they could sell me too. If they decide to sell, and the move is correct for my career, then I’ll consider it.
“Hopefully this hasn’t been my last season at Goodison but in football, who knows?”
Pienaar is currently with the South African national team preparing for the World Cup on home soil.
A couple of good performances with Bafana Bafana, coupled with his impressive Premier League form last term, which saw him named as Everton's Player if the Year, could see more interest in the midfielder.