Everton and Tottenham have opened talks over Steven Pienaar, Sky Sports can confirm.
The South African midfielder finished last season back at Goodison Park on loan, and he remains a hugely popular figure at the club.
Everton were reluctant sellers when he moved to Tottenham in 2011 and he was never able to command a regular first-team place under Harry Redknapp.
Now Everton have made their move to bring the 30-year-old back to the club on a permanent basis.
It is believed a deal of around £5million is close, with Everton hopeful of tying up the move next week.