Leeds United scouts were in attendance at a Europa League tie between Sarpsborg and Besiktas, keeping taps on Besiktas’ former Sunderland winger Jeremain Lens.

According to Besiktas page Ajans Besiktas, Leeds United were in attendance of the clash between the Turkish side and Norwegian club Sarpsborg. On their radar was Dutch winger Jeremain Lens, formerly of Sunderland.

It was orignally unknown who United were scouting in the clash, but now, reports are emerging stating that Lens is the man that scouts have their eye on.

31-year-old winger Lens made his name in his home country Holland, playing for AZ Alkmaar for four years, before joining Eredivisie giants PSV Eindhoven in 2010. Lens enjoyed a successful spell with the Dutch side, picking up an impressive 43 goals and 48 assists in 138 matches.

After three years, Lens swapped The Netherlands for Russia, joining Dynamo Kyiv on a four year deal. A two year spell in Kyiv brought 16 goals and 19 assists for Lens in 78 appearances, representing the Russian side in the Europa League on 19 occasions.

Lens moved to then Premier League side Sunderland in 2015 for an undisclosed fee, reuniting him with former manager Dick Advocaat, who he worked with in Holland at AZ Alkmaar and PSV. After falling out with Sam Allardyce and dropping out of the side, the winger called for a move away, and went on loan to Turkey with Fenerbache.

At the end of his loan at Fenerbache, Lens returned to the Stadium of Light before moving back to Turkey with Besiktas on a permanent basis.


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