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East Bengal FC in advance talk to sign Nikhil Poojary from Hyderabad FC

East Bengal FC in advance talk to sign Nikhil Poojary from Hyderabad FC

After completing the signing of the Spanish forward Iago Falque Silva, East Bengal FC is set to make its next move in the transfer market as the club from Kolkata is in advance talk with Hyderabad FC's full-back Nikhil Poojary, as per multiple reports.

East Bengal FC, currently sitting at 8th position in the Indian Super League (ISL) 2023-2024 league table, faced some difficulties in completing the signing of Spanish forward Iago Falque Silva, but eventually completed the signing of the former Real Madrid, Barcelona youngster.

East Bengal head coach Carles Cuadrat has targetted several players in this January transfer window to strengthen the team to push for a top 6 finish and qualify for the playoffs stage of the Indian Super League this season.

Now according to multiple reports, specifically Indian Football Transfer News Media and ISL & I-League Transfer News, East Bengal FC is in advance stage of talk to sign Hyderabad FC and Indian national team wing-back Nikhil Poojary in this January transfer window. 

The former source claimed that the deal would be done after the AFC Asian Cup 2023 while the latter claimed that East Bengal is also looking at the possibility to send VP Suhair the other way, which is unlikely given the transfer ban imposed on Hyderabad FC.

The 28-years-old right-back, who is a youth product of the East Bengal youth team, has established himself as a regular started for the Indian football team under head coach Igor Stimac. Poojary has been included in the Indian team squad as a first-choice right-back for the upcoming AFC Asian Cup 2023.

The lad from Navi Mumbai has a existing contract with Hyderabad FC till the end 2025-2026 season. Thus, East Bengal may have to pay a huge transfer fee to get the services of the right-back as Hyderabad FC at the moment desperately need money to survive.

Meanwhile, earlier reports also stated that Mumbai City FC was also interested in signing the right-back and were also ready to shift club captain and local lad Rahul Bheke to his former club Bengaluru FC.

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