Sunderland AFC transfer news: Orlando Pirates hopeful of Pienaar deal, Kone latest, Moyes press conference

Steven Pienaar (right)
Steven Pienaar (right)
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Steven Pienaar remains on trial at Sunderland but Orlando Pirates remain hopeful of signing him.

The former Everton midfielder, who used to play under David Moyes at Goodison Park, has been training with the Black Cats squad at the Academy of Light for the past fortnight.

The South African side are not worried by Pienaar's trial at Sunderland and remain hopeful they can strike a deal to sign the 34-year-old.

Orlando Pirates administrative officer Floyd Mbele has been quoted as saying they have offered Pienaar a contract and are now waiting a response.

Mbele told Isolezwe: "We've done all that we are supposed to. We've tabled an offer and we're now waiting for him [Pienaar] to come back to us.

"We are hopeful that he will come back to us before the start of the season.

"The fact that he's training with Sunderland doesn't worry us at all because our initially talks were very promising. It's all up to him now.

"Negotiating contracts with top players like Pienaar takes a bit of time.

"It usually takes longer to reach an agreement because a player must consider a lot of things.

"Remember, Pienaar was playing abroad and that his family is still in Europe.

"Those are just some of the things he has to look into before taking a decision."

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It comes as Sunderland defender Lamine Kone has slapped in a transfer request – as his move to Everton looks certain to go through.

Kone released a statement late on Thursday night, spelling out his desire to leave the Black Cats and revealing that the lack of a new contract offer was the main reason for his decision.

Everton have been strongly linked with an £18million swoop for the centre-back, who became a cult hero after joining from Lorient in January and playing a key role in helping Sunderland stay in the Premier League.

Read his statement in full here:
And finally, from 1pm today Sunderland boss David Moyes will hold his pre-match press conference ahead of the Manchester City match.

The Black Cats boss is set to face questions over Lamine Kone plus the latest transfer and injury news ahead of the opening Premier League game at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday teatime (5.30pm kick-off).

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