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Portsmouth face another player exit

Portsmouth manager Avram Grant may be set to suffer another blow with the news that RC Lens may recall the Ivory Coast striker Aruna Dindane to the club. The player is on loan at Fratton Park, having joined Pompey last summer on a 12-month loan. However, the The Daily Mirror are suggesting this morning that Lens will recall the, and attempt to sell Dindane to another Premier League club with Blackburn Rovers, Birmingham City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Stoke City and Bolton Wanderers all said to be interested.

Lens are upset with Pompey after the South Coast club failed to pay them a fee believed to be between £3-4 million, which Portsmouth had agreed to pay after his 11th appearance for the club, a 2-0 win over Burnley on 5 December 2009. This fee would have secured the player’s contract permanently for Portsmouth, and Lens expected the deal to go through during the January transfer window. However, with Portsmouth’s financial problems continuing worsen, Lens may now recall Dindane from his loan and approach FIFA for permission to sell the player to another club outside the transfer window. According to The Daily Mirror Lens will argue that they are losing out on a significant sum, and that Portsmouth’s situation is exceptional.

Portsmouth must hope that their fourth new owner of the season, Balram Chainrai, can reach an agreement with Lens. However, The French club are unlikely to be in a forgiving mood, with club president Gervais Martel claiming Portsmouth also owe Lens the final instalment of Nadir Belhadj’s transfer.

Aruna Dindane returned from international duty with the Ivory Coast to make his 12th league appearances for Pompey last night in a 1-0 defeat to Fulham at Craven Cottage. The Ivorian has scored 4 goals since joining the club on 28 August 2009.

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