By Harvey Byrne

Released Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar is training with Sunderland and former boss David Moyes, according to a report.

Wearside newspaper the Sunderland Echo has reported that the 34-year-old is training under his former Toffees boss at the Black Cats as Moyes looks to strengthen his squad.

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.

The South Africa international worked under Moyes for five years when the two were at Everton together and it is stated that the Scottish manager is looking for players with some experience of playing in England.

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.

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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 and supplying 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 transfer news, the Toffees are one of a number of English clubs keeping close tabs on St Mirren teen sensation Kyle McAllister.