Pienaar door still open – Moyes

The Toffees fear their South African playmaker could be on his way

next summer, with his current deal running down. They are

understandably keen to avoid losing such a talented player for

nothing and hope a contract dispute can be settled before it is too

late. Pienaar has already spurned one offer from the Everton board,

but talks regarding an extension could yet be re-opened. Moyes

hopes that proves to be the case as he is reluctant to see his side

shorn of one of their most creative influences. He said: “I’d like

to think we could see if there’s room for manoeuvre. “I’ve tried to

leave the door open as long as I can. We’d be delighted to keep

him.” Meanwhile, Moyes has challenged his misfiring frontmen to

raise their game as the Toffees look to edge clear of trouble. The

Goodison Park strike force have managed just three Premier League

goals between them this season and have been told in no uncertain

terms that that return is not good enough. “Louis Saha was through

against Blackpool, Becks (Jermaine Beckford) was through in one of

the other games – that isn’t luck, that is bad finishing,” said

Moyes. “That is more to do with the way the results have been going

rather than luck. “We have never got that momentum we talk about.

We need to try to find it, we need to try to get ourselves away

from the wrong end of the table and start getting closer to the

teams at the top. “How do you win if you don’t take your chances?

“That is football, we have to keep going. We have to keep creating

the chances and hopefully convert them.”