Lens has not held a medical with Sunderland yet, but he sounds keen on securing a transfer.
Lens said: “I'm not ready for a medical examination yet. But I am in talks with Sunderland. I never made a secret that I like the Premier League. Despite Dynamo Kyiv playing in the Champions League, now it seems like a great opportunity to make the switch [to England].”
Lens’s comments go against previous reports claiming he was in England to undergo a medical today. The Chronicle claimed that a deal was all-but done, and although Lens is keen on moving to England, the progress of the transfer is slow.
A fee has yet to be agreed with Kyiv concerning his transfer, and whilst he is in talks with the club, there are as yet no indications that he is close to signing a contract.
It is still expected that a deal will go through to take Lens to the Stadium of Light this summer, but he has confirmed that the deal is nowhere near as far along as many believed.
The Fox Sports article claims that the fee being offered to Kyiv is in the £17 million zone, which, whilst a high value, is the sort of fee Sunderland will have to pay to sign an attacking play with an international reputation.
Lens is a player who would vastly improve the Black Cats squad, and talks seem to be progressing well with the Dutchman keen on moving to the Stadium of Light. However, the deal is not as far along as many imagined, and it is unlikely that he will be signed in the coming days.