Kolkata Giants East Bengal FC have undoubtedly been the most active side in the Indian Transfer Market as several big names, Indians and foreigners alike,have been linked to joining the Red&Gold brigade. The club management are reportedly also building a reserve side for next season, and steps have been taken in that direction as well .
•Confirmed Signings for the Main Team
1) Omid Singh : The Indian origin Iranian has been undoubtedly the biggest name to sign up for East Bengal this season and the fans will be expecting a lot from the winger-forward who has also expressed his desire to play for the Indian National Team.
2) Balwant Singh : The experienced Punjabi striker has joined from city rivals ATK. East Bengal lacked a potent Indian striker last year after the departure of Joby Justin, and the 33year old Balwant is expected to fill that slot.
3) Gurtej Singh : The Hyderabad FC centre back has also joined forces with the Maidan club and is expected to be a replacement for fellow Punjabi Mehtab Singh, who is rumoured to be leaving for Mumbai City FC .
4) Lalramchullova : The versatile wing back has made a return to his old club after a year out at rivals Mohun Bagan. His arrival will provide solidity to the sideback positions (he can play on both flanks), where inconsistent performances cost EB dear last term.
5) Sankar Roy : East Bengal have also brought in Goalkeeper Sankar Roy from Mohun Bagan.
6) Novin Gurung : East Bengal Club has also roped in Real Kashmir wing back Novin Gurung who was veey impressive for the Snow Leopards last season.
1) Ishan Pandita and Rafael Crivellaro : According to reports coming in from Bridge.in, Indian Striker Ishan Pandita, who is currently playing in the Spanish 3rd Division, is close to signing for the Red and Golds, while Chennaiyin’s Brazilian midfielder Rafael Crivellaro is also likely to join.
2) Sehnaj Singh : The ATK midfielder is close to joining EB according to multiple sources in the media
3) Sanju Pradhan and Harmajyot Singh Khabra : EB are reportedly looking to bring back former captains Khabra and Sanju. Khabra has been a vital cog in the wheel for BFC over the past few years while Sanju had a very productive season with Punjab FC. Khabra though still has a year of contract left with the Blues.
4) Laldanmawia Ralte : The club is also looking to bring back former Right winger Ralte, whom they lost to Hyderabad last season.
Reserve Team Signings
The following signings have been made for the reserve team
1) Manju Clarence, Jeegesh Jegi – from 7Star Academy. Both are from Tamil Nadu
2) Dilliram Sanyasi, L.Haokip – from Minerva Punjab