Lens sets sights on Premier League move

The PSV striker is preparing to leave his home country after establishing himself in the Eredivisie, and favours a move to England after turning down Southampton last summer
PSV striker Jeremain Lens has expressed a desire to leave the Eredivisie this summer, and has set his heart on a move to the Premier League.

The Netherlands international, who notched 15 goals in 30 league games for Dick Advocaat's side last season, has two years left to run on his contract, but expects the club to allow him to leave rather than risk a far smaller fee next summer.

"I long for the next step," the 25-year-old told Voetbal International. "I think the time has come to prove myself at the highest level every week.

"I'm 25, I have played in the Eredivisie for seven years and it's time for a step forward. I think my style of play fits perfectly in England.

"I have no transfer clause in my contract, but if there is a nice club I expect no problems.

"PSV would grant me a move abroad. Otherwise, next year they could be left facing an unpleasant situation.

"Moreover, I will not go to a competition where I could not get into the Dutch team."

The former AZ forward also revealed he was offered a move to Southampton last season, but is hoping to secure a switch to a more illustrious club 12 months on.

"Southampton was the only option abroad and I didn't want to leave PSV," he explained.  "I expect that other clubs will make a move this summer and I hope to be able to choose.

"There are many rumors and they are regularly reported, but at the moment there is still nothing concrete. I would not have expected any. The transfer market has yet to begin."