|Date of Birth:
||26 Nov, 1980
5-2-10: Lens president Gervais Martel has revealed Aruna Dindane's loan move to Portsmouth has become permanent.
The Ivorian striker has been on loan from the French outfit since August, scoring four goals in 13 Premier League appearances for the cash-strapped club.
Dindane had been linked with a move to fellow English clubs during the transfer window, after it emerged Pompey had failed to meet financial agreements with Lens.
The 29-year-old underwent a medical with Blackburn, before paperwork scuppered the deal ahead of Monday's 5pm deadline.
While the Ivory Coast international was then expected to stay at Fratton Park for the rest of the season, it has come as a surprise that Martel revealed a "complicated" deal to make the move permanent is in place.
"English football is currently in big trouble," said Martel. "There have been many requests for a loan. But there was no reason to loan him (Dindane).
"Today (Friday), 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."
Dindane has played 15 games in total for Pompey, which is thought to have activated a clause in the loan contract which means the English club must pay up an agreement to buy.
"Aruna has officially made his number of games, the transfer fee has to begin to be paid in this beginning of February," added Martel.
The deal is expected to cost £3.5million in total for Portsmouth, who were taken over by Hong-Kong-based businessman Balram Chainrai on Thursday - their fourth owner this season.