Mixed reviews at best from Sunderland fans at thought of signing Steven Pienaar

Everton's Steven Pienaar before the game

Pienaar is thought to have linked up with his former Everton manager David Moyes to train at the Stadium of Light.

Everton's Steven Pienaar before the game

Sunderland have not had the greatest transfer window this summer, and supporters appear to have been given another reason to be frustrated as it is reported that former Everton man Steven Pienaar is training at the club.

The Black Cats are yet to sign a single player this summer, due in no small part to the upheaval caused by England's ultimately successful pursuit of Sam Allardyce and the subsequent appointment of David Moyes as his replacement.

That turbulence in the dugout has left the Wearside club running behind most of their rivals in terms of transfer activity, as the numerous players leaving the club on free transfers or permanent deals have not been matched by any incoming activity.

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However, whilst no new players have actually signed terms, it was announced earlier in the summer that Sunderland had allowed released Aston Villa man Charles N'Zogbia to train with the club with a view to potentially earning a contract.

The Frenchman has now been joined by another ageing midfield star as Moyes has invited ex-Everton man Pienaar to work with the squad.

The 34-year-old South African left his second spell at Everton following the expiration of his contract earlier this summer after he had managed just 13 Premier League appearances across the last two seasons.

Understandably, many Sunderland fans reacting to the news on Twitter vented their frustrations that taking N'Zogbia and Pienaar on in a training capacity is the only activity to come out of the Stadium of Light this summer, and expressed their alarm over the possibility of handing Pienaar a contract.

However, for some supporters the potential of bringing in Pienaar and N'Zogbia makes sense as Sunderland look to improve the quality in depth of their squad.

Everton's Steven Pienaar in action with Stoke City's Steven Sidwell and Geoff Cameron

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