Category: Transfer News

Minerva Punjab interested in Ghanaian striker

KOLKATA: IndiaFooty has learnt that Minerva Punjab FC have placed a mouth-watering offer for Mohammedan Sporting Club front-man Philip Adjah Tetteh.

Minerva Punjab are the current I-League champions and looking to put together a strong squad for their title defence.

The Ghanaian has become the target of number of clubs who were impressed by his display in the recently concluded 2018/19 Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ and have made enquiries about his availability, with his contract at Mohammedan Sporting Club set to expire at the end of this month.

According to an unnamed source, Minerva Punjab have approached Adjah’s agent to enquire about his availability.

“Minerva has made a big offer to Adjah, compared to what he is getting in Mohammedan,” said the source. “Everything now is left to the player to make a decision.”

The 20-year-old joined Mohammedan Sporting Club midway through the Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’, where he since went on to steal the hearts of the Black Panthers faithful, having netted four goals in six appearances.

Meanwhile, Mohammedan Sporting Club is also pushing hard for Adjah to extend his stay with the club.

Minerva Punjab interested in Mohammedan defender

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club defender Lancine Toure has attracted interest from the reigning I-League champions, Minerva Punjab, who are believed to be keen on adding him to their roster for the forthcoming campaign.

The Chandigarh-based side is said to have been impressed with what they saw in the centre-back during the ongoing Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’.

The news of Minerva’s interest in the Ivorian player has been confirmed to the IndiaFooty by a source close to Mohammedan Sporting Club, who added that Minerva Punjab is keen to sign the 23-year-old.

“Minerva Punjab is interested in Lancine Toure. The club was impressed with what they saw from the player in the ongoing Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’,” said the source.

Toure’s contract with Mohammedan Sporting Club is set to expire on September 30, 2018.

Gokulam Kerala sign new Nigerian defender

KERALA: Gokulam Kerala FC have secured the services of Nigerian defender Kunle Odunlami for the 2018/19 I-League.

Odunlami becomes the club’s sixth foreign signing for the forthcoming campaign as Gokulam Kerala looks to put together a team that is capable of challenging for I-League title.

Odunlami joins Gokulam Kerala from Nigerian Premier League side Sunshine Stars FC. He also played for the likes of FC Botoșani in Romania and Al Merreikh in Sudan.

The 27-year-old was a member of the Nigeria national team at 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, however, he did not make any appearances. He was also part of Nigeria side that came third at the 2013 African Nations Championship in South Africa.

Mohammedan Brush Off Khalid Jamil Rumours

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club have have poured cold water on speculations that they are attempting to lure former East Bengal head coach Khalid Jamil for the remainder of the 2018/19 Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ campaign.

A recent report suggested that Black Panthers have initiated talks with 2016/17 I-League winning coach. Despite the reported interest, Mohammedan Sporting General Secretary Mohammad Qamaruddin informed IndiaFooty that he is not aware of the interest and there is no truth in speculation, saying, “I don’t know anything about what you are asking me about. This is simply not true.”

“Raghu Nandi is our coach and he will continue for the rest of matches,” he added.

The report suggested Jamil is currently in talks with Mohammedan Sporting management, who are disappointed with Nandi as Black Panthers failed to perform consistently and after 6 matches found themselves on sixth position in the log with just 10 points. However, Qamaruddin vehemently denied such claims, putting to bed the rumours.

Mohammedan Sporting will play their next match in Calcutta Premier Division ‘A’ against West Bengal Police at their home tomorrow.

Jamshedpur sign Spanish midfielder to complete foreign quota

Jamshedpur: Jamshedpur Football Club has completed their quota of foreigners today with the signing of Mario Arques Blasco. The Spanish midfielder is a Villareal CF academy product with over 7-years of experience in Spain.

The 26-year-old previously played CD Alcoyano and had stints at Valencia and Sporting de Gijon’s B-teams.

On signing with Jamshedpur FC, the midfielder said, “It’s amazing to sign with a club of Jamshedpur FC’s stature. Indian Super League is one of the biggest league’s in Asia and it’s an honour to be playing there.

“I am very happy to start training with my teammates and enjoy my time here. I want to play here with my heart and passion I hope to do my best.”

Chief Executive Officer, Mukul Choudhari added “I am delighted to welcome Mario into the squad. His experience will be valuable for our midfield. I am excited to see him pair up with Memo and add more solidity to our defense line. On behalf of the Tata Group I welcome Mario to Jamshedpur.”

Head Coach, Cesar Ferrando said, “I like Mario’ s attributes as a player. He will fit very well into the system and will be an asset to the squad. I am glad he has decided to join us and I am looking forward to working with him.”

Mario has joined the squad for pre-season training in Madrid as the club continues to prepare for the Hero Indian Super League 2018-19 season.

Jamshedpur Football Club sign Australian legend & superstar Tim Cahill

1st  September 2018, Jamshedpur

In the biggest coup of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2018/19 season yet, Jamshedpur Football Club (JFC) is glad to announce the arrival of Aussie legend Tim Cahill. The 38-year-old plays as an attacking midfielder but, has also played as a forward on several occasions. A box-to-box midfielder, Cahill has become recognised for his aggressive and powerful approach and his ability to head the ball in the penalty area. Cahill comes with a lot of rich footballing experience having scored 168 goals in 694 club appearances in his illustrious career. The Aussie played long spells for Premier League heavyweights Everton and Championship club Millwall.

 

Later, he went on to play for New York Redbulls in the MLS, Shanghai Shenhua & Hangzhou Greentown in CSL and Melbourne City in A-League. Cahill is also the all-time leading goal scorer for the Socceroos, having scored 50 goals in 107 international caps between 2004 and 2018. He was the first Australian to score at a FIFA World Cup and has played in four World Cups (2006, 2010, 2014 & 2018). 5 World Cup goals. In 2007, he also became the first Australian to score at an AFC Asian Cup and was part of the 2015 squad that won the coveted tournament.

 

The Club’s C.E.O. Mr. Mukul Choudhari was ecstatic to announce the successful signing of Tim Cahill as he said, “Having a player of Cahill’s calibre and experience is of huge motivation to everyone at the club. He is a well-known individual around the globe being a World Cupper and having massive experience in the Premier League with Everton. “I am sure the city of Jamshedpur will be excited to welcome him and watch him play week-in, week-out. I am personally looking forward to it too!”

 

Tim Cahill added, “I’m excited to be part of the Indian Super League and my new team Jamshedpur. It’s been an easy process to make this decision because of the club’s professionalism and their goals for what they want to achieve. To be a part of their project is massive for me because I know I can help the team on and off the park with my leadership and experience. I want to help grow the game in India and encourage young kids to play football. The team owners and partners have very strong values for the future of the club and I’m looking forward to helping them achieve all of these goals.”

Cesar Ferrando, Head Coach added, “Tim is a world class player and with his pedigree he will be one of the top signings in the history of the Indian Super League. We are excited at the prospects and with his arrival, we look to strengthen our team and provide maximum joy to our fans.”

Tim Cahill will join the squad in Madrid as the team continues preparing for the 2018/19 ISL season.

Bengaluru FC sign experienced defender Albert Serran

Bengaluru: Bengaluru Football Club, on Friday, announced the signing of 34-year-old centre-back Albert Serran, ahead of their Indian Super League campaign, set to kick off in a month’s time. A widely travelled defender, Serran joins the Blues as their seventh foreign signing, having turned out for Carles Cuadrat’s men in two pre-season friendlies, against Villarreal CF B and FC Barcelona B.

“It’s a great experience in my career to sign for Bengaluru FC. The pre-season in Spain was great and I had the chance to meet the staff and players. I was given a warm welcome and felt very good from the beginning. I’m expecting to arrive in Bengaluru soon, to know more about the fans and the city,” said Serran after completing formalities.

Born in Barcelona, Serran is a product of RCD Espanyol’s youth system and appeared in three La Liga games during his time with the Periquitos. In 2008, Serran signed a three-year deal with Swansea City, then in the Football League Championship. Serran left Swansea in 2011 and went on to play for AEK Larnaca, Alcorcon, Anorthosis Famagusta and Doxa Katokopia, before joining Albanian Superliga champions FK Kukesi in 2017. Serran’s most recent contract was with Morrocon side Chabab Rif Al Hoceima.

Having bowed out of the 2018 AFC Cup with a 5-2 aggregate loss to Altyn Asyr FK, the Blues prepare for their Indian Super League opener, against Chennaiyin FC, at the Kanteerava Stadium on September 30.

Confirming IndiaFooty’s report Jamshedpur sign Arrows duo

JAMSHEDPUR: As reported by IndiaFooty on July 12, 2018, Jamshedpur FC have completed the signing of young prospects Aniket Jadhav and Amarjit Singh from All India Football Federation’s developmental side Indian Arrows. The duo have signed till the year 2021.

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Both players were part of Indian National Football Team’s FIFA U-17 World Cup squad and have plied their trade for Indian Arrows in the I-League.

Born in Kolhapur, Jadhav was part of the AIFF Elite Academy batch that was preparing for the 2017 U-17 World Cup. After the showpiece event, Jadhav was selected to play for the Indian Arrows, an AIFF owned I-League team consisting India under-19 players. Along with him, Amarjit, who was born in Manipur, plays as a center midfielder and was the captain of the Indian team in the FIFA U-17 World Cup squad as they shared a camaraderie together.

After signing for Jamshedpur FC, Jadhav said, “I am glad to be part of Jamshedpur FC! It was been an amazing time representing India U-17 in the World Cup and Indian Arrows and I am happy to get this opportunity with Jamshedpur.”

Young forward Amarjit also showed his enthusiasm on joining the Tata Steel franchise as he said, “The journey till now (playing for India U-17, Indian Arrows, and now Jamshedpur FC) is like a dream though, and the love for this game surely makes my dream bigger. I am happy to be part of this club.”

Head Coach Cesar Ferrando was happy to see more developmental players joining the squad. He claimed, “Having players like Aniket and Amarjit is a good thing for us. Along with Gourav, Mobashir and Vishal, we hope they form the crux of our future squads.”

Club Chief Executive Mukul Choudhari added,” It is great to sign these two brilliant boys from the squad. We hope they have a long and successful future with the club. I would want to welcome both Amarjit and Aniket to Jamshedpur.”

The youngsters will be loaned back to Indian Arrows for one more season for them to gain more playing time in the I-League.

ATK Rope In Former Paris Saint Germain Striker

Kolkata: ATK have brought Brazilian striker Éverton Santos on board for the 2018-19 Indian Super League. Santos started his career playing in the youth groups of São José EC and used to play for French Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain.

In 2011, the 31-year old moved to the South Korean K League Classic side Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma and has since then played for clubs like FC Seoul and Ulsan Hyundai.

In 2017, Santos signed up with ISL franchise Mumbai City and was currently playing for Brazilian club Botafogo SP. The striker was the top scorer for Mumbai City last season with eight goals across both ISL and the Super Cup. He will be seen in ATK jersey for the fifth edition of the ISL.

He becomes the final foreign player to be signed for ATK this season. Santos is also the second Brazilian to be signed by the club after Gérson Vieira, who incidentally also played for Mumbai City FC.

“We have built a strong attacking team and Santos further strengthens our attack. He is not only a valuable centre-forward but he is equally brilliant as a winger on both flanks. His versatility adds more depth to this team.” ATK coach Steve Coppell said.

“I enjoy playing in the ISL and this is all the more special because I am joining a team that has been crowned champions twice. I hope to contribute significantly and bring the Cup home.” Éverton Santos said.

Mohammedan Sporting sign new Ghanaian striker

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club have added Ghanaian striker Phillip Adjah Tetteh to their roster for the ongoing CFL Premier Division ‘A’ as a replacement for Leonce Dodoz, who is sidelined owing to a ankle injury.

Since the former Aizawl FC forward suffered injury at Mohammedan Sporting’s residential training camp ahead of 2018/19 campaign in Kalyani last month, the Black Panthers were running thin on attacking options despite bringing in Princewill Emeka from TRAU, and they have decided to strengthen their options further by bringing on board another foreign striker as they are looking for someone who can compliment Princewill.

The 20-year-old Phillip joins the Black Panthers from Ghana-based Bafali Sporting Club. Phillip has completed his registration at Indian Football Association (IFA) office this afternoon, and he is available for selection against Peerless SC on Thursday.