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Bolton move in to steal Dindane from rivals

Bolton Wanderers are ready to steal a march on their rivals by signing Portsmouth’s on loan striker Aruna Dindane, according to the Daily Mail.

Blackburn, Birmingham and Stoke had all hoped to seal a switch for the Ivory Coast star, who is available to buy from his parent club Lens. His future needs to be sorted out quickly and he has now returned from playing for his national side after they were knocked out of the Africa Cup of Nations by Algeria. It now looks as though Owen Coyle is ready to offer Dindane a chance to move north.

The front man is worried that he will be left stranded with nowhere to play his football once the transfer window slams shut on Monday night. This was after his Lens refused to let him return to Portsmouth due to the financial chaos at the south coast club. The French club are prepared to listen to offers and are hopeful of collecting £4 million for Dindane, although it is believed they will also accept another loan deal for the 29-year-old.

Recalling him, though, is not an option as they are also under financial restrictions and have already budgeted for his transfer.

The Ivorian forward is keen to stay in England and has already turned down a mega-money move to play in Qatar. He also knows it is a World Cup year and that playing regular games in vital if he to be selected for his national side.

“I am in limbo,” he said. “I do not know where I will be playing. I am frustrated and worried by the situation.”

“It is a time when my football is so important. All I want to do is focus on my football but this has been a distraction throughout the Africa Cup of Nations. I do not want it to go on.”

Dindane has appeared 13 times this season for Portsmouth, netting an impressive five goals for the club rooted to the bottom of the Premier League.

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