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Pienaar turns down deal

Talks continue as South African shuns opening offer

Pienaar: No deal

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South African international Steven Pienaar has snubbed Everton's initial offer of a new contract, understands.

The creative midfielder has impressed hugely for David Moyes' side since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in 2007.

Initially on loan, Pienaar was snapped up by Moyes on a permanent deal the following summer.

Now, with two years left on his current contract, Everton are keen to tie down the former Ajax star to a long-term deal.

However, Everton's opening offer to the 27-year-old has been shunned by Pienaar and his representatives.

News of Pienaar's decision to shun a new deal has alerted a number of clubs, including Atletico Madrid, although talks are continuing between the player and Everton.