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Pienaar completes Spurs move

Tottenham have sealed the signing of Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar, who announced the deal on his Twitter account - revealing that he had turned down Chelsea to sign for Spurs.

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Pienaar was the subject of offers in the region of £3 million from both clubs after telling Everton he would not extend his contract which expires at the end of the season.

However, Chelsea were unable to agree personal terms, allowing Tottenham to conclude a deal for the player who made 104 Premier League appearances for Everton.

The South Africa midfielder arrived at Tottenham's training ground on Tuesday to undergo a medical and later confirmed he would sign a contract, reported to be for four years.

Pienaar 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. I can also confirm I'll be jersey number 40.''

A statement on Tottenham's official website confirmed: "We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Everton and Steven Pienaar for the player's transfer to the club."

New team-mate Jermain Defoe welcomed his arrival, suggesting it proved Tottenham were now the equal of Chelsea.

The striker said on on his own Twitter account: ''Signings (sic) Steven Pienaar is a massive coup for spurs this deal really shows how far we have come when we a top player rejects a big club 4 us.''

The South Africa international began his career in Europe with Ajax, before spending one season at Borussia Dortmund in Germany. He joined the Toffees in the summer of 2007.

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