West Bromwich Albion taking a gamble by signing Jeremain Lens

West Bromwich Albion are planning to launch a bid for Besiktas winger Jeremain Lens, according to Turkish publication Takvim.

What’s the word?

The Baggies are looking to make big changes to the squad in order to adapt to life in the Championship.

The club were relegated from the Premier League last season after finishing bottom of the standings, and they have a big task on their hands to gain instant promotion.

On Monday, Takvim reported that West Brom are eyeing former Sunderland player Lens, who only finalised his move to Besiktas in the last seven days.

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The 30-year-old spent last season on loan at the Turkish outfit, making 32 appearances in all competitions.

In that time, Lens scored four goals and created five assists before making his move to Besiktas permanent.

Is Lens the right fit for West Brom?

There is certainly a talented player in the Netherlands international, who has earned 34 caps over the course of his career.

However, he has had his fair share of controversial moments on the pitch and behind the scenes.

If the Baggies want to focus on a promotion challenge, they need very little outside distraction as possible.

There is nothing to say that Lens would be a disruptive figure, but the risk is there.

On top of that, the winger had a difficult three-year spell at Sunderland, which could call into question his ability to thrive in the English game.

Despite this, Lens can provide versatility in that he can play on either wing or up front as a striker.

If West Brom can get the most out of Lens, then a move would be worth the risk.

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