French club Lens to sue Portsmouth over unpaid transfer fees

Portsmouth are being sued by French side Lens over alleged unpaid transfer fees for striker Aruna Dindane and defender Nadir Belhadj.

Lens claim Pompey — £40million in debt — went back on a deal to buy £4m-rated Dindane permanently once he played 11 games and that they have also failed to keep up instalments for Belhadj’s £4.2m move.

Lens president Gervais Martel said: ‘We are taking action through the European football tribunals as well as civil courts.’

Pompey’s woes were underlined with news that John Utaka is said to be on £80,000 a week but has scored only seven goals since he signed in 2007.

Portsmouth's Nadir Belhadj celebrates scoring against Liverpool

Legal action: Lens claim Portsmouth have failed to keep up with their payments for the transfer of Nadir Belhadj

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