Kanu's message to target Dindane
Aug 18 2004
By Chris Lepkowski, Evening Mail
Albion target Aruna Dindane has been given a glowing report of life at
The Hawthorns after seeking the lowdown from Baggies' new-boy Kanu.
The ex-Arsenal man has told his former Highbury team-mate Kolo Toure,
a mutual friend of both play-ers, that he is enjoying life at his new club.
That message has been passed on by Gunners defender Toure to his Ivory
Coast team-mate Dindane, making him all the more determined to join Albion's
The 23-year-old is wanted by Albion to answer their goalscoring
problems but the biggest sticking point is the Belgian club's reluctance to
sell him, especially while they are involved in the Champions League.
Even if they fail to over-come their 1-0 first leg deficit to Benfica
next week, Anderlecht will automatically be entered into the UEFA Cup.
Dindane, who is rated in excess of £6million and attracting interest
from Lyon and a Spanish club, is due to play for Ivory Coast in tonight's
friendly against Senegal.
"Aruna asked Kolo to speak to Kanu about the club and what he heard
was all very positive," said Serge Trimpont.
"That makes Aruna even more desperate to move - it's now his priority.
"He is consistently one of the best players in Belgium and wants to
become a favourite in England. He believes a club like Albion would be his
ideal stage, especially with Kanu already there.
"He knows West Bromwich are keen so it's up to the two clubs find a
"Others clubs want him but he has made up his mind that he wants to
play in England."
If Albion fail to make progress on the Dindane front they will step-up
their interest in Rob Earnshaw.
The Baggies are considering a renewed bid for the Welshman and are
also tracking Lazio midfielder Ousmane Dabo, as revealed in yesterday's
Gary Megson, who lost out on Michael Carrick, is keen to bring in at
least three or four new faces before the transfer deadline in just under two
weeks time, although one other target, Junichi Inamoto, is not expected to
be fit until January's window.