Sunderland winger Jeremain Lens has completed a permanent switch to Turkish giants Besiktas, according to Sky Sports.

The 30 year-old will officially become a Besiktas player on the 1st June. He has been on loan there this season and has impressed them enough for them to exercise the purchase clause in his loan contract.

Lens moved to Sunderland in July 2015 after they signed him from Dynamo Kyiv. He was brought to England by Dick Advocaat but fell out of favour at the Stadium of Light when Sam Allardyce took over there.

He was loaned out to Fenerbahce last season and he played 36 games for them in all competitions. After Sunderland were relegated from the Premier League, he made his intentions clear to leave the club and moved to Besiktas, where he will now end up permanently.

Lens, who was born in Amsterdam, has made 34 caps for Holland. He started his career at Eredivisie side AZ Alkmaar before spells at NEC Nijemegen, PSV and Dynamo Kyiv prior to joining Sunderland.

With the Black Cats currently fighting to stay in the Championship under Chris Coleman, this news will not come as a surprise. However, seen as Lens has never really made an impact with the Black Cats it may be a good thing that he has been sold as it means he is taken off the wage bill.

You would expect some more players to leave Sunderland on a permanent deal this season, such as the likes of Didier N’Dong and Fabio Borini, with them keen to reduce their costs.


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