Jeremain Lens confirms Fenerbahce move and claims Sunderland 'would just love to get rid of me'

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Jeremain Lens is set to complete his loan move to Turkish club Fenerbahce tomorrow after he confirmed the deal - and then fired a parting shot at Sunderland.

Lens, who doesn't anticipate any problems when he arrives in Turkey tonight ahead of his medical tomorrow, told Fox Sport: "Sunderland would just love to get rid of me."

The 28-year-old Dutch winger is set to team up with Dick Advocaat again at Fenerbahce, joining on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent deal.

"Tomorrow I will undergo the medical examination," said Lens.

"I do not expect any problems. I’m looking forward to it.

"It’s a nice transfer. Fenerbahce is a great club and a great challenge."

Lens came off the bench in the 1-1 draw with Southampton at St Mary's Stadium on Saturday, providing the cross that led to Jermain Defoe's goal but he is yet to start a game under David Moyes.

It would mean a reunion for Lens and Advocaat, who signed the Dutch winger for Sunderland last season.

Sunderland spent an initial £8million on the winger last summer but he struggled to hold down a regular place in the side under Sam Allardyce, while he started the new season under Moyes on the bench at Manchester City.

Reflecting on his time under now-England boss Allardyce, Lens said: "I did not play, was not even on the bench.

"I just had a problem with the club.

"What? No idea. Sunderland would just love to get rid of me."

Lens, who signed a four-year deal last summer, will now team up again with Advocaat, who had previously worked with him at PSV Eindhoven.

"I have a good relationship with Dick, but he also knows my qualities.

"It is not that he is doing me a favour," added Lens, who hopes to force his way back into the national side.

He added: "This is perhaps for the purpose of [playing for] Holland also again a good step.

"I go to Fenerbahce if the chance is to get more playing time.

"I did not find it strange that I was missing the last couple of times in the national squad. It was understandable because I was not playing."