Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Transfer rumours latest victim is Aruna Dindane

Sky Sports has been busy in the business of transfer speculation bolemia.

One of many is that Cote d'Iviore's Aruna Dindane is wanted by Spurs.

He was at the Ghana 2008 Nations' Cup and he was a phenom. No exaggeration.

According to 101gg, Dindane is on offer for £6million after the 28-year-old forward has made it known that his future lies away from Ligue 1.

It comes complete with purported words from Lens president Gervais Martel:

“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 press have 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. See him in action.