Turkish newspaper Aksam today report ‘things are getting serious’ with Jeremain Lens’ potential transfer from Besiktas to Leeds United.

There have been recent claims in the English press saying Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa is interested in signing the 31 year old predominantly right sided attacker. These reports emerged after a Leeds United official attended a recent Besiktas game against Sarpsborg in Norway.

The Dutchman failed to make an impact whilst at Sunderland and after a loan spell with Fenerbahce he signed for Besiktas in the summer for €5m.

However, Lens is currently having a mixed season in Turkey and a move Leeds United seems an interesting option for the player. Besiktas are looking to offload some players, which could give Leeds United an opportunity.

An issue for Leeds United could be Lens’ salary, a reason Sunderland were soon keen to sell him once they dropped into the Championship and then League One.

The Netherlands international has played 18 games for Besiktas in all competitions, scoring five goals.

When the Leeds trip to watch Sarpsborg was reported in Norway, the slant was on the target being a player on the home team, potentially goalkeeper Aleksandr Vasyutin.

Lens scored two goals and made an assist in Besiktas’ 3-2 victory, so naturally the English media decided it worthy of building a transfer story, and they’ve picked up the baton in Turkey.