Jeremain Lens joins on a 4 year contract
Sunderland have completed the signing of Netherlands international Jeremain Lens for £8 million from Ukranian champions Dynamo Kiev.
The 27 year old has put pen to paper on a four year deal at the Stadium of Light.
Lens is now reunited with Black Cats’ manager Dick Advocaat, after playing under him at PSV Eindhoven and AZ Alkmaar.
Under Advocaat at PSV in 2012/13, Lens enjoyed his best season in front of goal, scoring 15 goals in 18 league matches.
He has been capped 29 times by the Dutch national side
The versatile, and pacy forward is now set to join up with his new team mates on Sunderland‘s pre season tour of the USA.
They lost their opening match 1-0 to Sacramento Republic, and now face Mexican side Club de Futbol Pachuca in California on Saturday, before taking on Toronto FC five days later.
In his first interview, Lens told Sunderland’s official website:
“I followed the team last season following the arrival of Dick Advocaat and we have a good team, so as I said I’m really happy to be here.
“I’ve played for the Dutch national team and played a lot of games in Europe, but the Barclays Premier League is the main test so it will be really good to play some games here.
From watching Sunderland’s progress last season, the player was struck by the passion of the fans, especially in the Tyne-Wear derby. He added:
“I watched the derby against Newcastle United and the supporters were really amazing, so I’ve got a good impression of the fans and I hope they support us in the same way during the new season.”
Lens becomes Sunderland’s third summer signing, after the club completed deals for defenders Adam Matthews and Sebastian Coates, from Celtic and Liverpool respectively.