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Besiktas take up option to purchase Jeremain Lens from Sunderland

Dutch winger Jeremain Lens will swap Sunderland for Besiktas on a permanent deal at the end of the season for half the price he cost the Black Cats three years ago.

Sunderland have officially sold Jeremain Lens to Besiktas for a reported fee of £6m after the Turkish club triggered a clause in his loan deal.

The Dutch winger has been at Vodafone Park since the summer on a deal that was due to run through until the end of the campaign, making 20 appearances in all competitions.

Besiktas have now exercised the option to land Lens on a permanent move once the transfer window reopens, bringing an end to the 30-year-old's spell at the Stadium of Light.

A statement on Sunderland's official website on Wednesday evening confirmed the news, ensuring that the £12m signing from Dynamo Kiev in 2015 is now off their books for good.

According to the Sunderland Echo, the £6m handed over by Besiktas includes the initial £1.3m loan fee agreed last summer.

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Jeremain Lens of Sunderland during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Swansea City at the Stadium of Light on August 22, 2015 in Sunderland, United Kingdom.
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