Aston Villa join chase for Tottenham midfielder Pienaar

On the move: Pienaar wants away

On the move: Pienaar wants away

Aston Villa have joined the race for wantaway Tottenham midfielder Steven Pienaar.

The South Africa international has found his first team chances limited at White Hart Lane since his move from Everton last January.

Pienaar has told Harry Redknapp he is keen to leave the club in search of regular first-team football and Villa manager Alex McLeish is interested in taking the 29-year-old.

Sunderland and Everton are also keen.

Everton would prefer to take the former Ajax man on loan and that would be preferable for Villa too who are struggling for money but Sunderland could pay the asking price as they look for more creativity in their side.

However, Villa already have Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas on their books as a loanee and, as Premier League rules prohibit clubs from loaning more than one player from any one club in a season, they would have to either stump up cash for Pienaar or turn Jenas' deal into a permanent one before a loan move for the South African.


Tottenham will demand around £4million for Pienaar but McLeish is also weighing up a loan move for LA Galaxy's Robbie Keane and is interested in Fulham's Damien Duff and Blackburn's Keith Andrews.

Meanwhile, Queens Park Rangers are eyeing a loan move for Spurs' versatile youngster Jake Livermore.

The 22-year-old has been on the fringes of Redknapp's first-team plans this season and is expected to leave on loan this month.


And Neil Warnock has registered his interest in Livermore with Redknapp. QPR have been offered former Italy Under-21 centre-half Marco Andreolli, 25, who plays for Serie A side Chievo Verona.

Another transfer target Nikica Jelavic was left out of Rangers' squad yesterday to play Motherwell with manager Ally McCoist citing a groin strain.

Sunderland and West Brom have also expressed an interest.

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