Rovers close in on striker Dindane

Blackburn Rovers manager Sam Allardyce hopes to strengthen his attacking options this summer by signing the Ivory Coast international Aruna Dindane.

The 29-year-old Lens forward has impressed during his loan spell at troubled Portsmouth this season, scoring nine times in 22 appearances for the rock-bottom club.

Allardyce tried to sign Dindane in January as his team have struggled for goals this term, with veteran midfielder David Dunn their top scorer so far with eight.

"Dindane's had a medical here and we're in negotiations but it's a delicate process," said the former Newcastle United and Bolton Wanderers boss.

"We'll see how things develop over the next few weeks. I don't know how far apart we are, all I know is talks are ongoing."

Allardyce has also confirmed that Franco di Santo will not be returning to Ewood Park after finding the net just once during his season-long loan switch from Chelsea, while Pascal Chimbonda may also be exiting the club.

He added:"With Franco it was all about the goal ratio not matching his performances. He only got one in the entire run that he had.

"Chimbonda has ended up being the one left out. A similar thing happened with Lars (Jacobsen) at the start of the season and now Michel Salgado is looking comfortable at right-back."

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