Currently turning out for Dynamo Kyiv, the 27-year-old previously played for both PSV and AZ in the Eredivise and has won 29 caps at international level.
Although enjoying his time with the Ukrainian giants, and with two years left on his contract, Lens told the Dutch media outlet that he will look for a move to England at the end of the season if Serhiy Rebrov’s men win the league title - a likely occurrence.
He said: "My ambition is still to play football in England. I signed for four years and still have two left, but if we are champions, that would be a good time to say goodbye."
Being available on the market will certainly increase the transfer interest in Lens, and knowing that he is looking to England will give a number of Premier League teams an advantage in signing him. With his exit from the Ukraine looking likely in the summer, we take a look at three teams who should really be moving for the star winger in the coming months.
The Reds will be looking to strengthen some key positions in the summer, and Lens represents the same kind of budget signing that they have become known for in the last few years. An ability to play on both flanks and up front gives him the adaptability to fit into various systems devised by Brendan Rodgers, whilst his high work ethic makes him a contender at wing-back. He may not be able to dislodge the likes of Raheem Sterling, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana from their starting roles, and being utilised in a squad rotation system may make him look elsewhere.
Having started his career at Dutch side AZ, Lens has played under current Saints boss Ronald Koeman, and he would fit perfectly into the squad being pieced together at St Mary’s Stadium. Very much in the mould of on-loan winger Eljero Elia, Lens would be a perfect replacement for him should Southampton not make his loan deal permanent. Likely to be available for a budget fee, the Saints would not have to break from their usual ‘Moneyball’ approach, and he could potentially be sold on for a large profit after a couple of years of Premier League success. The only question of Southampton’s credentials in the race for Lens comes in the form of European football. With Kyiv set to qualify for the Champions League, one would guess that the Saints would also need to be in Europe’s premier club competition next season to secure his signature.
Very much like the previous two entries, Tottenham Hotspur play a system with defined wide players, and Lens would be a budget acquisition for a team who have wasted money on overpriced stars in recent years. His adaptability allows him to be utilised across all the offensive positions, whilst his direct play makes him a more productive wide player than Erik Lamela and Andros Townsend. Lens is also physically strong and a hard worker, and has been raised on a high-efficiency system of pressing at Dynamo that is currently used by Mauricio Pochettino. A potentially cheap signing, Spurs, like Southampton, would likely need to qualify for the Champions League if they were to entice Lens to White Hart Lane.