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Sunderland sign free agent Steven Pienaar on one-year contract

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• Midfielder joins David Moyes’s squad after release by Everton
• Pienaar, 34, arrives as Younès Kaboul looks set to leave

Sunderland have signed Steven Pienaar on a one-year contract, the club have announced. The 34-year-old was a free agent having been released by Everton at the end of last season and has chosen to link up with his former manager at Goodison Park, David Moyes.

Pienaar rarely featured for Roberto Martínez at Everton last season, making only four Premier League appearances. The South African midfielder has also played for Tottenham, Borussia Dortmund and Ajax, and has 61 international caps.

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Ronald Koeman drops hint that Everton could move for Joe Hart

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• ‘You are always looking for players to strengthen squad’
• Romelu Lukaku could be back to face West Bromwich Albion

Ronald Koeman has hinted he may yet make a move for Joe Hart after the England goalkeeper’s dramatic fall from grace at Manchester City.

Hart has failed to feature in either of City’s two games this season and is widely expected to leave the Etihad Stadium this summer. While the new Everton manager refused to comment directly on rumours linking him to the 29-year-old, he insisted the club “need three goalkeepers”.

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Beanpole to ‘beast’: how Yannick Bolasie embarked on an upward trajectory | Ed Aarons

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Already blessed with speed and unpredictable ball skills, Everton’s new £25m signing from Crystal Palace has developed a strong physique that has given him an edge over most opponents

It didn’t take long for Dougie Freedman’s hunch about Yannick Bolasie to pay off. Less than 30 seconds into his first appearance for Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on 1 September 2012 against Sheffield Wednesday, the spindly 22-year-old born in Lyon to Congolese parents but raised in north-west London picked up the loose ball on the edge of the penalty box, bamboozled his marker and delivered a cross that Glenn Murray simply could not miss.

“I’ve been after that kind of player for a long time,” Freedman reflected a few weeks later. “We kept tabs on him for about six months and we were very fortunate to finally get him. We knew we needed a player of that kind of ability to go by players on the outside to create space.”

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Related: The life and grime of Crystal Palace’s rapping winger Yannick Bolasie

Dougie Freedman recognised he was a maverick who needs to be shown he is trusted

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Crystal Palace to target Moussa Sissoko with money from Yannick Bolasie sale

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• Alan Pardew keen on reuniting with Newcastle midfielder
• Liverpool’s Christian Benteke still on manager’s radar

Alan Pardew hopes Crystal Palace will use the money raised through Yannick Bolasie’s £25m sale to Everton to reunite him with Moussa Sissoko, who is keen to leave Newcastle United before the end of the transfer window.

Bolasie, who came off the bench in Palace’s opening day defeat to West Bromwich Albion, signed a five-year contract at Goodison Park on Monday having passed a medical over the weekend. The deal for the 27-year-old could potentially rise as high as £30m with Bristol City, who had inserted a sell-on clause into the winger’s £350,000 switch to Selhurst Park four years ago, due a sizeable tranche of the fee.

Related: Yannick Bolasie signs for Everton from Crystal Palace for £25m

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Yannick Bolasie signs for Everton from Crystal Palace for £25m

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• Winger moves to Merseyside on five-year deal
• Palace ‘say goodbye with with a heavy heart’

Yannick Bolasie has signed for Everton on a five-year deal after passing a medical on Merseyside in a £25m transfer, which could potentially rise to a club record £30m.

The Democratic Republic of Congo winger, who came off the bench in Crystal Palace’s 1-0 home defeat to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, had made clear his desire for a fresh start after four years at Selhurst Park.

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Idrissa Gueye’s impressive Everton debut silences the doubters | Mark Tallentire

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Eyebrows had been raised when Ronald Keoman bought the 5ft 7in Senegal international defensive midfielder from Aston Villa

Eyebrows may have been raised when Ronald Koeman went to Aston Villa for his first outfield signing of the summer, activating a £7.1m release clause in Idrissa Gueye’s contract and signing the defensive midfielder on a four-year deal.

Villa slipped out of the Premier League last season with a pitiful 17 points and the Senegal international had featured in 35 of those games, his appearance at Everton in November’s 4-0 defeat even seeing him suffer the indignity of being substituted at half-time.

Related: Yannick Bolasie to have Everton medical before £25m move from Crystal Palace

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Yannick Bolasie to have Everton medical before £25m move from Crystal Palace

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• Deal could rise to club record £30m if add-ons in the deal are activated
• Mile Jedinak expected to finalise move to Aston Villa this week

Yannick Bolasie travelled to Merseyside on Sunday to undergo a medical at Everton before a £25m transfer, which could potentially rise to a club record £30m, having bid farewell to his team-mates at Crystal Palace.

Related: Tottenham’s Érik Lamela rescues point against under-strength Everton

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Everton’s Ronald Koeman: Lukaku was not fit enough to face Spurs – video

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Everton striker Romelu Lukaku was not in the squad for their 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur because of injury, according to manager Ronald Koeman. Taking charge of his first game for the Toffees, the Dutchman clarifies that it isn’t because the Belgium international is unhappy at Goodison Park and wants a move away from the club. Despite Lukaku’s absence, Koeman says his side can build on their first point of the season

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Tottenham’s Érik Lamela rescues point against under-strength Everton

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Tottenham should have won this game and they know it. Everton were the most obliging of opponents, slightly fortunate to take an early lead and positively delusional if they imagined they would be able to hang on to it for 85 minutes. In the end they were glad of a point, so small was their share of the game and so limited their attacking efforts, while Spurs will be satisfied with the result but acutely aware they could have done better.

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Related: Everton 1-1 Tottenham and more on Premier League opening day – live!

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Tottenham’s Erik Lamela rescues point against understrength Everton

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Tottenham should have won this game and they know it. Everton were the most obliging of opponents, slightly fortunate to take an early lead and positively delusional if they imagined they would be able to hang on to it for 85 minutes. In the end they were glad of a point, so small was their share of the game and so limited their attacking efforts, while Spurs will be satisfied with the result but acutely aware they could have done better.

Everton paraded Ashley Williams on the pitch before kick off though the new signing from Swansea was deemed too short of match practice to make his debut in Ronald Koeman’s new look back three. Mason Holgate, a member of that trio, was also one of three players making their first Everton starts, the other two being goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg and defensive midfielder Idrissa Gana Gueye. The change Everton found most difficult to get used to, however, was the absence of Romelu Lukaku as an outlet up front. The Belgian is widely believed to be on his way out of the club anyway but he needed stitches in a foot injury in last week’s friendly against Espanyol and was not risked.

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Everton v Tottenham Hotspur: match preview

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Two teams that a season ago may have considered themselves equals come into the new campaign worlds apart. Ronald Koeman is in the process of rebuilding a squad that is lacking defensively, while Mauricio Pochettino will hope for further development from his talented young group. Everton have drawn their past three opening games 2-2, and a fourth would see them reach eight winless matches against Tottenham. Conor Matchett

Kick-off Saturday 3pm

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Sunderland’s Lamine Koné submits transfer request after Everton bid

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• Ivory Coast defender says he was promised improved contract
• Everton favourites to sign Koné but Chelsea also interested

Sunderland defender Lamine Koné has submitted a transfer request after the club’s promised offer of an improved contract failed to materialise.

The Ivory Coast defender, who was signed from French side Lorient in January for around £5m, was the subject of a £17m bid from Everton last week. Koné still has four years left to run on the deal he signed seven months ago but released a statement on Thursday which claimed he had been assured they would renegotiate after surviving relegation last season.

Related: Ronald Koeman says Everton players are ‘only 70% fit’ for new season

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