Portsmouth are set to meet with Lens officials to discuss the sale of striker Aruna Dindane, according to president Gervais Martel. The 28-year-old has netted 25 goals in 90 league appearances for the club - who won promotion to Ligue 1 last season - since arriving from Anderlecht in 2005. And his form was believed to have alerted a string of Premier League sides earlier this summer, including Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa, Stoke, Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain. In June, Martel revealed that he expected the Ivory Coast international - who has netted 14 times in 40 games for the Elephants - to move on during the close-season, with Lens hopeful of receiving a fee in the region of £8 million for the striker's services. And the Ligue 1 chief has now revealed that he is due to open talks with Pompey within the next seven days to try and thrash out a deal to take Dindane to Fratton Park before the transfer window slams shut at the end of the month. "We will be meeting the Portsmouth directors between now and the start of next week," he said in The News. "It is true to say he would love to play in England."
19 August 2009
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