Reported target Jeremain Lens is now the subject of an improved bid from the Sunderland Board if ESPNFC.com is to be believed. Having reportedly already turned down an offer of around £8mil, Dynamo Kiev may be soon forced to make a decision around whether he is allowed to leave the club this summer. Any sum above that figure would surely prompt those in charge of the Ukranian side’s finances to take the matter seriously. If the rumour is true it should also cause other potential interested parties to show their hand or fold.
The latest potential development certainly chimes with earlier quotes attributed to those close to the Ukrainian side, which said:
"The club do not want to lose him, but everyone knows he is going and it is just a matter of price, which is being talked through now."
Lens, who has been capped by the Netherlands 29 times, has also apparently piqued the interest of Besiktas FC and it remains to be seen how serious they are especially if offers go up to around the £10-£11mil mark. Should he sign for us, Lens would instantly solve a problem position by essentially filling a void left by Borini and would become our third signing of the summer.
The fact that Lens has worked with Advocaat before both at AZ Alkmaar and PSV may prove a decisive factor during any negotiations. However the signing of Adam Matthews from Celtic proves that we’re casting the net wider than just a pool of Dutch players or those only known to have worked for the Little General as some media outlets would have us believe.
Lens is comfortable being deployed on the left of a three and the pace he could bring the squad would also bring some much needed attacking threat. As previously mentioned on Roker Report it would also be interesting to see how fellow countryman and SAFC leftback Patrick van Aanholt would link up with Lens should the signing come to fruition.
Having made some inroads in the summer transfer window already including securing Lee Cattermole on a long-term contract, Congerton may now want to bring any Lens deal to a swift conclusion. This one signing could help in attracting higher calibre players and for that reason alone perhaps increasing the offer by a few million might just pay dividends.