Heitinga can't see Tottenham's Pienaar making Everton return

Everton defender Johnny Heitinga believes the prospect of Tottenham midfielder Steven Pienaar returning is a non-starter.

Everton defender Johnny Heitinga believes the prospect of Tottenham midfielder Steven Pienaar returning is a non-starter.

Spurs have ruled out allowing him to leave on loan and will only sell for £5m.

That leaves the 29-year-old – who is being closely pursued by QPR – out of Everton’s price range, and Heitinga says it’s a shame a deal cannot happen.

“I’d take him back but I don’t think it’s realistic,” said the Dutch defender. “They would ask for more money to sell him than they paid us for him, and we don’t have much more.

“It’s up to the manager and the board whether a few players come or not but Pienaar is unrealistic.

“I played with him at Ajax and he’s got a lot of quality. It surprises me that he’s not playing more regularly for them. He was injured but he did very well for Everton in the past. I heard in the newspaper he was going to leave and go to another team, so you never know what’s going to happen.”

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