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Dindane Signs For Palace

27 March 2013

Crystal Palace are delighted to announce the signing of Ivorian striker Aruna Dindane on a contract until the end of the season.

The 32 year old attacker was a free agent having left Qatari side Al-Sailiya Sport Club in December and is best known on these shores for a loan spell at Portsmouth in the 2009/10 season which saw him score 10 goals in 24 games in the Premier League and help Pompey to the FA Cup Final.

Capped 67 times by the Ivory Coast, scoring 11 goals, Dindane has also represented his country in the last two World Cups and adds some extra firepower to Ian Holloway's squad as the Eagles continue their push for promotion.

Having started his career at Ivorian club ASEC Mimosas he was soon snapped up by Belgium giants Anderlecht after winning the Ivorian Premier League Golden Boot in 2000. He helped the club win two league titles and won the Belgium League Player of the Year award in 2003 during his five years at the club where he also played in the UEFA Champions League.

After five seasons he moved on to French side RC Lens where he helped them win the Intertoto Cup in 2007 but their subsequent European campaign saw them relegated from Ligue 1, with promotion clinched at the first attempt the following season.

He was called up to The Elephants' squad for the 2006 World Cup and scored twice in a dramatic 3-2 comeback win against Serbia and Montenegro to chalk up their first ever win in the competition. He also started his country's first two games of the 2010 World Cup against Portugal and Brazil.

Dindane arrived at Fratton Park in August 2009 and scored a hat-trick against Wigan Athletic in the opening weeks of the season before playing a big part in the side's run to the FA Cup Final where he played all 90 minutes of the semi-final and final defeat to Chelsea at Wembley. However Pompey's relegation meant he was unable to sign permanently with the club and he spent the next two and a half seasons playing in Qatar.

On his new man, Holloway said: “Aruna has been training with us and we have seen what was needed to get him up to our level of fitness, so very quietly behind the scenes we have been working with him to get him to the condition that we want. I am hoping he returns to what I have seen him play like before.

“He has been working hard to reach those levels and if he can do that he might add something to the group that could help us in the weeks to come. He’s very strong and a goalscorer and I know what he can bring to us if he is in the right condition. 

“I would like to thank the chairman for giving me the chance to bring him in and we will see what he can do for us.”

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