Sunderland AFC transfer news: Steven Pienaar set for return to South Africa, ex-defender linked with League Two switch

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Sunderland are yet to officially announce their retained list ahead of the return to the Championship.

But it is a safe bet that midfielder Steven Pienaar's 12-month stay on Wearside won't be extended when his deal runs out.

The 35-year-old was signed by his former Everton boss David Moyes but only made 17 appearances as injuries caught up with the veteran midfielder, his last game coming in the 1-0 home defeat to Bournemouth at the Stadium of Light at the end of April.

Pienaar is one of several Sunderland players out of contract this summer and he is subject of fresh interest from South Africa.

Johannesburg-born Pienaar, who has been in South Africa this week spending time with underprivileged children through his charity work, is wanted by Cape Town City and officials are hoping he will sign a deal with them.

Cape Town chairman John Comitis said: "Steven is a great player.

"We are just waiting to see what he is going to do, and what is his decision."

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Meanwhile, 37-year-old former Sunderland defender Wes Brown could be about to extend his playing career.

The centre-back left Wearside last summer after five years at the club, with the former Manchester United defender signing for Championship side Blackburn Rovers as a free agent.

Brown will leave Rovers this summer after making just eight appearances but it doesn't mean the end of his playing days as League Two side Crewe Alexandra are reported to be keen on offering him a two-year playing deal, which would also allow him to develop his coaching work.

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