Speaking to Dutch media outlet, De Telegraaf, Sunderland’s Jeremain Lens has expressed his desire to leave the Stadium of Light this summer, and make a permanent move to Fenerbahce.
Lens spent the 2016/17 campaign on-loan in Turkey with Fenerbahce, where he scored five goals across all competitions for the club.
Despite Lens set for a return to Sunderland this summer, where he is still under contract, the 29-year old has confirmed he wants to move back to Turkey ahead of next season, he said: “I am still under contract at Sunderland. I would love to go to Fenerbahce and the club has that intention. Now we have to see if that is possible.”
Sunderland are willing to let Lens leave permanently this summer, with Fenerbahce and Besiktas both hoping to sign the striker.
Lens’ time at the Stadium of Light has been disappointing, and since arriving at Sunderland for £8m ahead of the 2015/16 campaign, the Dutchman has scored just four goals in 24 appearances.
Sunderland will be prepared for further exits this summer, as they head back into the Sky Bet Championship for the first time since 2007, with Jermain Defoe leading the exodus from the Stadium of Light.
The Black Cats will also listen to offers for Fabio Borini and Lamine Kone, whilst the club have placed a £30m transfer tag on Jordan Pickford, who is attracting interest from a host of Premier League clubs.
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