Pienaar is thought to have linked up with his former Everton manager David Moyes to train at the Stadium of Light.
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.
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.
Underwhelmed to say the least. Pienaar and N'Zogbia were not the two to raise excitement. #safc— @SUNDERLANDAFC⚽️ (@SAFCFANSVIEW) August 3, 2016
Pienaar - a sign of deperation! We need bodies but he's 34 & has been injured for 2 years. If he'd been playing regularly then fair enough— Dan (@dan_safc3) August 3, 2016
Would have rather re-signed Sessegnon or kept giacherrini than pienaar— PRH (@PRH_123) August 3, 2016
Our midfield for city away - Charles N'zogbia, Steven Pienaar, Leon Osman, Lee Carsley, #safc— michael trotter (@michaeltrotter7) August 3, 2016
Come on Sunderland man surely we should have higher aspirations than Pienaar and NzogbiaI know I said I want us to sign people but not them— Layton (@LaytonConley) August 3, 2016
No away kit, no new signing's, pink seats and Charles Nzogbia and Steven Pienaar now training with us, top 5 this season for me #safc— CE (@edwards_cavan) August 3, 2016
Can't believe people are justifying taking on players like N'Zogbia and Pienaar like. How can you take any positives out of them two?— Jack (@jacklemore123) August 3, 2016
In a transfer window where all clubs are spending a fortune of players...have I honestly just seen that we are giving Steven pienaar a trial— Alex Catcherside (@AlexCatcherside) August 3, 2016
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.
Given the squad is tiny, signing N'Zogbia and Pienaar isn't a bad idea, it's all about who we sign for the big bucks #safc— :TheKidJenko (@johnnyjenko) August 3, 2016
For the sake of squad numbers, Pienaar would be okay. He done well at Everton under Moyes, he's not the worst signing we could make. #SAFC— Jonny Goldsmith (@JonnyGoldsmith2) August 3, 2016
#SAFC Take Pienaar & N'Zogbia use them as squad players don't start em just have them there, they're better than Buckley Bridcutt etc— Jack O'Connor (@JackLexOhh) August 3, 2016
I’ve got no issue with players training with us. Our squad is thin and we could do with some depth. If it means Pienaar & N’Zogbia signing— R (@RJSAFC86) August 3, 2016
Pienaar isn't a bad backup player. In terms of squad players, we could do a lot worse.— Dan (@DanCarl_) August 3, 2016
Had we signed 6 top players before now, everyone would have seen positives in a short term deals for Pienaar (cover, mentor for Watmore,etc)— Dan (@DATM91) August 3, 2016