Black Cats land winger Jeremain Lens

Jeremain Lens Sunderland

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Dick Advocaat has continued his rebuilding job at Sunderland by landing the Netherlands international Jeremain Lens for £8million.

The 27-year-old left winger has inked a four-year deal at the Stadium of Light and moves to Wearside from Dynamo Kiev.

Advocaat knows Lens from their time together at PSV Eindhoven and is thrilled with his latest capture, saying: “We have signed an international player and I am delighted to welcome him to Sunderland.

“He is a very well-known player in Europe and has played over 30 games for the Dutch national side, which shows his calibre.

“I have worked with him twice already, at PSV and AZ Alkmaar, so I know him well. He is fast and he has scored goals everywhere he has played so that will help the team.”

Advocaat is still hoping to sign three more players before the end of the transfer window to strengthen a squad that only just avoided relegation to the Championship last season and is 15/8 to go down this term.

Sunderland appear to have missed out on Stewart Downing, though, as the West Ham star is set to return to Middlesbrough.

Meanwhile, Argentina international Santiago Vergini is set to move to a Spanish side after Advocaat decided he was surplus to requirements.

The 26-year-old has been training with the Under-21s while the first team has travelled to North America for their pre-season tour.

Sunderland start their Premier League campaign with a game against Leicester City on August 8. They are 3/1 to win the match, while a Foxes victory is available at evens and the draw at 23/10.

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