Report: Sunderland lodge £8m bid for Dutch international forward Jeremain Lens

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Sunderland have been linked with Dynamo Kiev’s Jeremain Lens.

According to a report in the Daily Mail, Sunderland have lodged an £8 million bid for Dynamo Kiev forward Jeremain Lens as they seek attacking reinforcements.

The Black Cats narrowly avoided relegation from the Premier League last season, finishing on 38 points and scoring just 31 league goals throughout the campaign.

Newly-appointed boss Dick Advocaat has his work cut out in strengthening the team this summer, but funds have seemingly been made available and in particular in order to boost their goal threat.

As per the latest reports from the Daily Mail, Dynamo Kiev’s Jeremain Lens has been sounded out as Advocaat’s main striking priority after knowing the forward well from their time together at PSV Eindhoven.

“Sunderland have made an £8million offer for Dynamo Kiev forward Jeremain Lens. The Holland international is open to leaving Ukraine this summer and Sunderland are willing to give him an opportunity to play in the Premier League,” the report states.

What will Jeremain Lens offer Sunderland?

Aside from Sunderland’s lack of creativity, there is a distinct lack of pace throughout the team as a number of older, more experienced performers make up the majority of the first-team.

While at 27 years of age Lens isn’t particularly youthful, he is blessed with pace and can play in a range of attacking roles - including out on the wing.

He is direct, likes to drive forward with the ball and isn’t afraid to shoot from distance, traits which the North East outfit desperately lacked for the large part last season.

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