The endless linking of strikers to the Premier League continued Sunday night as reports begin to circulate that Arsenal and Spurs are preparing a move for Lens’ Ivorian Coast striker Aruna Dindane. According to reports on Teamtalk, SkySports and the particularly horrible FansFC, Dindane is on offer for Â£6million after the 28-year-old forward has made it known that his future lies away from Ligue 1.
The quote supporting the story came from Lens president Gervais Martel who spluttered, “Aruna Dindane is a world class player, there are clubs abroad interested in him. I think he will leave and join a foreign club. It is sad because many French clubs can’t afford him.” Somehow the fifth estate has interpreted that to mean that the North London rivals are both interested.
After moving at Anderlecht back in 2000, Aruna spent five faithful seasons in Brussels chalking up 50 goals in 131 appearances. In 2005 Aruna then moved to Lens where he has since played 90 matches and scored 25 goals. Dindane also has 14 goals in 40 international matches.
At 5ft 9in tall Aruna is far from the biggest striker, however what he misses out on in size is replaced in raw pace and a tenacious attitude. Aruna’s game imitates that of Sylvian Wiltord, a forward who often ghosts into the channels where his quick-feet can hurt defenders on the floor. However, whereas Wiltord was usually composed in the danger areas, Aruna can frustratingly lose possession with frequent regularity.
Prospective employers will also no-doubt be aware of Dindane’s rocky injury history of late, the striker missed 28 weeks of football due to a knee injury back in 2008. Had it not been for the injury Dindane may well have made his way to a higher league sooner.
From a Spurs perspective the major question is whether Dindane is an improvement on Jermain Defoe to be a realistic target for Harry. With the evidence looking inconclusive, it seems that this may be yet another unsubstantiated rumour that will quickly disappear into the background.
Video evidence of Aruna Dindane can be seen here.