Dindane closes in on Pompey switch

There were fears that the on-loan Dindane would have to return to

France with parent club Lens threatening to bring the striker back

if Portsmouth did not pay an estimated £3.5million they still

owed. However, a deal now appears to have been reached with Lens

announcing that “the former Sang et Or striker has signed

permanently for Portsmouth”. Lens president Gervais Martel told a

press conference: “English football is currently in big trouble.

There have been many requests for a loan. But there was no reason

to loan him. “Today, the loan at Portsmouth becomes a permanent

transfer. The situation is complicated but I think there will be

some glimmers of hope in the coming hours. “Aruna has officially

made his number of games, the transfer fee has to begin to be paid

in this beginning of February. “But a club that recruits two

players at the last minute is a club that will bounce back.”

Dindane joined Pompey on loan at the beginning of the season and

the Ivory Coast international has scored five goals in 15 games.

Hong Kong-based businessman Balram Chainrai took control of

Portsmouth yesterday, becoming the club’s fourth owner this season.