Sunderland AFC news: Jeremain Lens unhappy, Big Sam's shock at Rodwell suspension, transfer latest

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Jeremain Lens' admission that he is unhappy at Sunderland and could leave the North East in January is dominating the news today.

Lens was left out of Sunderland's squad for last weekend's defeat at Chelsea for disciplinary reasons following an incident at the end of the loss against Watford seven days earlier.

The Dutch international - who spent part of last week training with the Under-21s - has not started for Sunderland since October's Wear-Tyne derby, with Sam Allardyce expressing concerns over the 28-year-old's work-rate.

Lens said: "A transfer in the winter? That could happen. Once the window is open, we will see what will happen."

Read Lens' astonishing comments in full here:
Meanwhile, Sam Allardyce has revealed how surprised he was to find out Jack Rodwell is suspended for the trip to his former club Manchester City on Boxing Day after picking up his fifth booking of the season, in only his fifth start.

"I was surprised to learn he was suspended because he hasn’t played that much," said Allardyce.
And finally, for the latest on the club's pursuit of Sebastian Haller, Joel Matip and Lamine Kone click here: