Done deal: Midfielder moves to top-tier rivals six weeks after leaving Everton
By Amir Mir
Sunderland have signed former Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar on a one-year contract, it was announced on Friday afternoon.
The club revealed on its official Twitter account that Pienaar will join the Black Cats six weeks after he was released by Everton.
The 34-year-old is being re-united with former boss David Moyes, nine years after the Scotsman brought him to Everton from Borussia Dortmund for a fee just shy of £2.5 million.
Moyes had previously given the versatile midfielder one week to earn a contract, after he was training with the north east club following his release from Merseyside when his contract expired at the end of June.
Here is Sunderland confirming the signing of Pienaar as posted on the club’s official Twitter account.
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Pienaar made 208 appearances scoring 20 goals for Everton during two different spells either side of a forgettable period at Tottenham.
However, Pienaar has struggled for game time in recent years with injury playing a major part and only made 18 appearances in the last two seasons at Goodison.
Moyes replaced England manager Sam Allardyce as Sunderland manager earlier on in the summer, as the former Manchester United boss looks to re-ignite his managerial career following his sacking from Real Sociedad.
In other Everton transfer news, the club are in talks to secure deal for this £13.5 million rated striker.