Jeremain Lens’ future at Championship outfit Sunderland remains unclear after Turkish giants Fenerbahce express concern over his wage demands, according to Fanatik (via Sport Witness).
The 29-year-old winger moved to the Stadium of Light back in 2015 after spells at Dynamo Kiev and PSV Eindhoven, yet Black Cats supporters rarely saw the Dutchman show his best form in the North East.
Lens earned 23 appearances in his first season at the club but then fell out-of-favour under Sam Allardyce, before being shipped out on loan for the duration of the 2016/17 season to Turkish Super Lig side Fenerbahce.
And after a solid time with the club, in which he scored five goals and laid on 17 assists for the side, they were reportedly looking to secure a permanent deal for Lens, yet recent reports suggest that his high wage demands could prove to be a stumbling block.
It has been reported that the 29-year-old was holding for a €4 million a year deal, yet the Turkish giants are only willing to offer him €3 million instead.
This may come as a blow to Sunderland who clearly feel that Lens is a surplus to requirements at the club, and will be looking to cash-in on him this summer as they seek to rebuild after a disastrous Premier League campaign last term.
Nonetheless, with Besiktas also thought to be interested, it does appear that his future is away from the Stadium of Light, but where the £9.35 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt) ends up come the start of the new season very much remains to be seen.
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