Toffees deny Pienaar Crouch swap talk

Steven Pienaar will remain at Everton this season and will not be involved in a swap deal for Peter Crouch, according to assistant Steve Round.

The South Africa midfielder, who is out of contract in the summer, has been linked with a swap deal with Tottenham’s beanpole striker Crouch.

When questioned about the chances of a swap deal, Round responded: "The manager (David Moyes) has said all along he wants Steven to stay.

"He is under contract and as far as we are concerned he will be an Everton player this season.

"There is no truth in the speculation. Steven has been a terrific player for us and is a terrific asset."