Everton are on the verge of completing a deal for Burnley playmaker Chris Eagles as a replacement for outgoing midfielder Steven Pienaar, Sport.co.uk understands.

The source told Sport.co.uk that he was unaware how much Eagles would cost Everton manager David Moyes, but that a deal was close to being completed.

The move could also see James Vaughan moving in the opposite direction as Burnley look to mount a serious promotion challenge.

Eagles started his career as a trainee at Manchester United before loan spells at Watford twice, Sheffield Wednesday and NEC Nijmegen before signing a permanent deal with the Lancashire side.

The 25 year-old has scored 15 goals in 98 league appearances for Burnley and is set to replace South African midfielder Steven Pienaar at Goodison Park who looks to be on the way to Tottenham during January or at the end of the season after agreeing terms with the North London club.

The Guardian first reported yesterday morning that Tottenham had beaten off competition from Chelsea and Atletico Madrid to land the Everton winger, with the North London club agreeing a £70, 000 a week deal with the South African.

According to the report the Lilywhites had yet to decide whether to try and push through a deal in the January transfer window for a fee in the region of £2 million, or wait until the summer to sign the South African on a Bosman free transfer when his contract expires at Everton.

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#Steven Pienaar
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