Yesterday we covered reports linking Jeremain Lens to Fenerbahce with claims a deal was close. According to various Turkish media outlets, including AmkSpor, Fenerbahce have signed the Sunderland attacker on loan, with a view to making the deal permanent next summer.
It’s been known that Advocaat wants to work with Lens, and we’ve covered several Turkish reports on the situation over the past few weeks. The former Sunderland manager telephoned the player to see if wanted to join him in Turkey, and Lens said he was willing to come to Istanbul.
Lens will be an excellent signing for Fenerbahce, a team craving some tricky and creativity in the wide positions. They’ve made their worst start in the league since 1981, having picked up 1 point from possible 6, and Lens could help them kick start their season.
Dick Advocaat addressed reporters following yesterday’s 3-3 draw against Kayserispor and said: ”Yes, it’s sure we need some players. I talked to the president and told him exactly that. We need a creative offensive midfielder who knows what he’s doing on the ball. And a winger who can provide width for us. Of course he’s asked about Lens and I don’t know any updates, but I think we’re closing in on him.”
The 27-year old Dutchman has played 2 games for Sunderland this season, but didn’t start in either match.