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Indian football transfer market is buzzing with a host of activities as another I-League came to a conclusion. TheHardTackle will bring you LIVE! Indian Football Transfers. Keep a tab here to know the recruiting activities of all the Indian clubs for the up-coming I-League 2013/14 season.
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97. Mohun Bagan confirms the signing of Kerala duo Wahid Sali and Rino Anto.
Mohun Bagan AC has confirmed the signing of two of the brightest defenders from Kerala. Former ONGC player Wahid Sali was a hot property in the window chased by the likes of Churchill Brothers and Mohammedans among many. But the player seem to have preferred playing time over money as he chose Mohun Bagan for next season. With Nirmal Chettri likely to depart, Mohun Bagan has covered the right back slot for next season. The addition of Eagles FC defender Rino Anto might be puzzling to few quarters, but the Santhosh trophy star had a stellar season in Kerala to earn his way back into the national reckoning. The return of former Eagles coach Joe Paul Ancheri to Mohun Bagan camp has also increased Rino Anto’s chances at Kolkata. The versatile defender is expected to provide strength in depth for the Mariners.
THT Verdict – Confirmed.
98. Mumbai FC defender Justin Stephen considering offers from Kolkata.
Justin Stephen had a good season at the heart of Mumbai FC defence last season. He played a crucial role in Mumbai’s 8th placed finish. In a team surrounded by negative tactics, Justin made himself quite a name and reputation in the 22 matches he appeared previous season. As reported by our sources Justin Stephen is currently considering the offers from Mohammedans Sporting and Mohun Bagan along with Mumbai FC’s offer. 25 year old defender hasn’t decided on his future, but one more good season can put him in national reckoning once again. He will be looking to establish himself as a top defender while making the next move.
THT Verdict -Possible.
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99. Mohun Bagan releases goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharya.
Mohun Bagan AC has released Goalkeeper Arindam Bhattacharya as he prepares for a life in IPL styled football tournament. Earlier Bagan had secured the services of experienced campaigner Sandip Nandy for the next season. The addition of Nandy is considered as an improvement in the goalkeeping department for Kolkata giants. If rumours are to be believed Arindam Bhattacharya was heading for the 2 month league, and his release is expected to fasten the process.
THT Verdict – Very Likely.
TheHardTackle would like to thank Saptarshi Ganguly for providing us with the information.
100. Abhra Mondal returns to East Bengal.
Former East Bengal custodian Abhra Mondal has returned to Lal-Holud brigade after spending 2 years in Pune. The Pune FC goalkeeper was facing tough competition from the likes of Shahin Lal Meloy for the number 1 spot at I-League runners up. Eventhough he made his loan move permanent last summer, he couldn’t make that number 1 spot his own and had settle for 13 appearances in I-League. The 26-year old keeper returns to East Bengal, where he spend 6 years before joining Pune FC. The situation in East Bengal is very similar as the competition for Goalkeepers position is even tougher in Kolkata with Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and Abhijit Mondal sharing the responsibilities. The addition of Abhra is going to make the competition even tougher, and it remains to be seen whether all 3 custodians are going to remain in the football capital.
THT Verdict – Confirmed.
101. Former Manchester City defender Simon Colosimo Signs for Arthur Papas’ Dempo SC.
Dempo SC has started the Arthur Papas era with their first foreign acquisition. 34-year old former Manchester City defender Simon Colosimo is the first to join Dempo SC camp. The former Manchester City, Royal Antwerp, Sydney FC and Melbourne Heart defender is a player blessed with good leadership qualities and is expected to play a vital role in Dempo’s transition phase. Papas and Dempo has promised more quality signings ahead of the new season and his indepth knowledge in A-League is expected to bring more quality here. Arthur Papas has already made himself quite a name with his tactical nous and flexibility with the India U-22 team and Pailan Arrows. There he worked with the upcoming youngsters without the help or guidance from experienced players or foreign recruits. In Dempo he will get all the ingredients he needs to make a balanced team and the Indian Football fans will be buzzing with that prospect.
THT Verdict – Confirmed.