Lens close to Fenerbahce switch

Sunderland midfielder Jeremain Lens is hopeful of completing a season-long loan move to Fenerbahce after an unhappy spell at the Black Cats.

The 28-year-old has struggled for game time since the departure of Dick Advocaat, with neither Sam Allardyce nor David Moyes seemingly reliant on the former PSV and Dynamo Kiev winger.

Despite coming off the bench to set up Jermain Defoe's equaliser in the 1-1 draw at Southampton on Saturday, Lens feels he is thoroughly unwanted on Wearside and is eager to reunite with his former mentor.

He told Fox Sports: "Tomorrow I will undergo the medical examination. I do not expect any problems. I'm looking forward to it. It's a nice transfer. Fenerbahce is a great club and a great challenge.

"I have a good relationship with Dick, but he also knows my qualities. It is not that he is doing me a favour.

"This is perhaps for the purpose of (playing for) Holland also again a good step. I go to Fenerbahce if the chance is to get more playing time.

"I did not find it strange that I was missing the last couple of times in the national squad. It was understandable because I was not playing."

Advocaat who was Lens' coach at PSV, was the man to bring him to Sunderland in an £8 million transfer from Dynamo Kiev at the start of last season.

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