Sunderland’s wantaway midfielder Jeremain Lens may be close to ending his North East nightmare by moving to Turkish giants Fenerbahce, according to NTVSpor (via The Chronicle).
The 29-year-old moved to the Stadium of Light back in 2015 after a short spell at Dynamo Kiev, but has struggled to produce his best for the Black Cats, appearing just 24 times for the club.
And last season saw the Dutch international move to Fenerbahce on loan for the campaign, where he did show signs of quality with five goals and 17 assists in 38 matches for the club, of which four goals and 12 assists came in the league.
And it appears that he could be on his way back to the club on a permanent basis this summer, as reports suggest that a ‘deal in principle’ has been agreed between the two clubs for the £9.35 million-rated flop (as per Transfermarkt).
The Turkish giants could only muster a third place finish in the league last season, which was well short of the level set by champions Besiktas, who finished 13 points clear of them at the summit.
And as a result Fenerbahce may well be on the lookout for reinforcements this summer in a bid to challenge for the title once again, and based on Lens’ efforts with them last term, they and he clearly know how to get the most out of his game in the Super Lig.
It has been reported that his wage demands could be an issue and thus could scupper any deal, but with his Sunderland career all but over, a move would be in the best interests of everyone, and it’s a move which could take place over the coming weeks.
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