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Advocaat: 'I am delighted to sign a player of Jeremain’s quality'

Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat has said he is delighted to welcome new signing Jeremain Lens to Wearside.

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

He is fast and he has scored goals everywhere he has played so that will help the team.”

– Dick Advocaat
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The 27-year-old has agreed a four year contract with the Black Cats for a reported fee of £8million.

Lens has previously played under Advocaat in Holland at PSV and AZ Alkmaa.

The Amsterdam-born forward has been capped 30 times by his native Holland, scoring eight goals.

Transfer news: Sunderland seal Jeremain Lens deal

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Sunderland have announced the signing of Holland international Jeremain Lens on a four-year deal from Dynamo Kiev.

The Black Cats have reportedly paid a fee in the region of £8million for the Dutch international.

Lens will be reunited with Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat, having played under him in Holland.

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Karanka: 'It is difficult to understand how unfair football is' after Baptiste injury

Middlesbrough boss, Aitor Karanka has confirmed new signing Alex Baptiste will be out for a lengthy spell after sustaining a 'serious injury' during a pre-season friendly against York City.

Alex Baptiste while playing for Blackburn Rovers. Credit: PA

Sometimes, it’s difficult for me to understand how unfair football is. One week ago, I was together with Alex in my office. Now, he is in the hospital. If the feeling from Wembley is a motivation, then we have another motivation now to dedicate it to him."

– Aitor Karanka

Baptiste suffered a suspected broken leg, with Karanka saying he thinks "it is a complete break, although we will have to wait and see.”

Middlesbrough defender suffers serious injury in debut

Middlesbrough defender Alex Baptiste has suffered a suspected broken leg on his debut for the club in a friendly against York City.

Baptiste who recently moved to the Riverside was hurt in a challenge with a York trialist, which left him needing lengthy treatment on the pitch before being stretchered off.

Alex Baptiste was playing in his first game for Middlesbrough. Credit: PA

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka said: “This is the kind of day where I don’t want to speak about football. We are all very disappointed, and after Alex was injured, I left the game.

“Sometimes, it’s difficult for me to understand how unfair football is. One week ago, I was together with Alex in my office. Now, he is in the hospital. If the feeling from Wembley is a motivation, then we have another motivation now to dedicate it to him.

“I don’t know exactly what has happened, but it is going to be a serious injury and he will be out for a long time. I think it is a complete break, although we will have to wait and see.”

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Wijnaldum hopes to help Newcastle to a higher level

Newcastle's newest and third most expensive signing, Georginio Wijnaldum, has said he is very pleased to be making the move to St James Park and that he hopes he can help the club to a "higher level".

Wijnaldum has said speaking to Steve McClaren on the phone and Dutch players in Newcastle helped him decide to make the move to Tyneside. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The 24-year-old has told ITV News Tyne Tees, that speaking to Steve McClaren on the phone helped him decide to make the move to Tyneside.

McClaren: 'I've had my eye on Wijnaldum for a long time'

Speaking after making his first signing as Newcastle United boss, Steve McClaren has told ITV News Tyne Tees he has considered Georginio Wijnaldum a target for some time.

The 24 year-old moves to St. James' Park on a five-year deal and is the third highest transfer fee in the Club's history, after Michael Owen and Alan Shearer.

  • Hear more from Steve McClaren and Georginio Wijnaldum at 6pm tonight, July 11 on ITV.

Transfer news: Newcastle seal Wijnaldum deal

Georginio Wijnaldum has become the third most expensive signing in Newcastle's history after putting pen to paper on five-year deal.

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The 24-year-old Holland international midfielder completed his move from PSV Eindhoven on Saturday morning for a fee understood to be in the region of 20 million euros, around £14.4million.

Wijnaldum said: "I'm delighted to be a Newcastle United player.I felt the time was right for me to move and the Club have shown they really want me, so I'm very happy to be here."

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