By Tom Blackburn
Everton favourite Steven Pienaar is nearing a deal with Mamelodi Sundowns in his home nation of South Africa, according to a report.
Pienaar is looking for a new club after being released by the Merseysiders last month even though he remains a hugely popular player at the club with the fans.
African football magazine Kick Off claim sponsors Puma might add more cash to their impending Sundowns deal to help secure the signing of poster boy Pienaar.
Puma have been long-time supporters of Pienaar and they also began sponsoring the South Africa national team after their successful hosting of the 2010 World Cup.
Mamelodi Sundowns play in the Premier Soccer League, the top South African league, and since the leagues inception in 1996 have won the league a record seven times.
Former national captain Pienaar joined Everton in 2008 from Borussia Dortmund after a year on loan in Merseyside, and cost the Toffees just shy of £2.5million.
Between then and 2016 he spent just one unsuccessful year away from Goodison Park, when he was bought by Tottenham for £3million before being sold back in 2012.
Across all competitions the left-winger has played 229 times for the Toffees, scoring 26 times alongside an impressive 48 assists.
For his national team he has played 62 times, which has included appearances at a World Cup, two African Cup of Nations and a Confederations Cup.
In other Everton news, a Turkish club are lining up a lucrative deal to rival Everton’s hunt for a Euro 2016 star.