Lens chairman Gervais Martel has revealed that here have been offers from the Premier League for striker Aruna Dindane, with Portsmouth, Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion and more recently Tottenham Hotspur all linked with the Ivory Coast International.
Reports in France suggest that the offers have been to take the 28-year-old striker on loan, with a view to a permanent deal, but Martel is adamant that the Ligue 2 club will only sell Dindane outright and that he will not leave the Stade Felix Bollaert for the Premiership on loan.
“We have some offers,” Martel told Le 10 Sport.
“One thing is for sure - Aruna won't be loaned out, he will be transferred permanently.
“We have started to receive transfer offers. We have a few offers from England, but they are not alone.”
Martel also revealed that Lens will hold on to Dindane until the end of the season unless they receive a suitable offer, with the Les Sang et Or chief insisting figures in the press are short of his own valuation of the striker.
“I can just say the fee stated in the press is clearly not enough. If we don't receive offers that will satisfy us, we will keep him until the end of the season,” he added.
Dindane has been at Lens since joining from Belgian side Anderlecht in 2005 and has scored 25 goals in 90 league appearances for the French club, but is keen on a move to England after Len’s relegation from the top-flight of French football last season.