Sporx claim Fenerbahce are no longer in the race for Sunderland winger Jeremain Lens, and that their local rivals Besiktas are leading the way to sign the player.

The Dutch winger has enjoyed a great season on loan at Fenerbahce, but soon to be Yellow Canneries manager Aykut Kocaman has told the club’s board Lens isn’t indispensable.

Besiktas are short of options in the wide positions and their manager Senol Gunes has been given the green light to sign the player. SporX report Besiktas are ready to offer a loan deal for Lens, but Sunderland want a permanent deal, for a fee in the region of €6million. Negotiations are expected to resume and an agreement could be reached in the coming days.

Lens’ reported recent words about Besiktas has given hints he would sign for the Turkish club: “Yes, my friends told me there’s a great atmosphere at Besiktas. If you can agree with my club then I will happily play for Besiktas.”

Lens is unlikely to have a future at Sunderland after speaking negatively about the club last season, and a move looks to be a certainty.