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.