Jeremain Lens is having a great seaosn on loan at Fenerbahce from Sunderland and the Turkish club would like to make the move permanent, as long as they can sort out the finances needed.

Sunderland have made it clear they won’t be selling Lens for a reduced price and were probably encouraged in their stance by the Dutchman saying earlier this year that Sunderland getting relegated could make a move easier.

Despite enjoying his time in Turkey, Lens feels he isn’t getting enough protection from referees. AMK quote the Sunderland owned player as saying: “I am trying to play football, not play the opponents. The referees need to protect the players who want to play football. When hard interventions are not punished, competitors are continuing their actions throughout the game. More attention should be paid to it, and it should not be ignored.”

AMK say the player complains too much, perhaps they feel he’s overdoing the hardship line. The Turkish league isn’t known for being much dirtier than the Premier League and there’s not thought to be a specific problem with refereeing.