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Crystal Palace swoop for Dindane

Crystal Palace have signed Ivorian striker Aruna Dindane until the end of the season, picking up the 32-year-old on a free transfer after he was released by Qatari side Al-Saliya Sport Club in December.

The forward is best known for his loan spell at Portsmouth in the 2009-10 season, during which he netted 10 goals in 24 Premier League appearances while playing an integral part in Pompey’s FA Cup run that saw them reach the final.

With Palace just six points adrift of the automatic promotion places, Holloway believes his man can pick up where he left off on English turf and is hopeful that the Ivorian can help fire the Eagles to promotion glory.

"I am hoping he returns to what I have seen him play like before," Holloway told the club's official website.

"He's very strong and a goalscorer and I know what he can bring to us if he is in the right condition. Aruna has been training with us and we have seen what was needed to get him up to our level of fitness.

"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."