I-League's legendary club East Bengal are all set to sign Iranian winger Omid Singh from Persian Gulf Pro League club Naft Masjed Soleyman FC for the upcoming season. According to Bengali daily Anandabazar Patrika, both the player and the club are ready to close the deal as soon as possible.
The Indian origin player was called up by India's head coach Igor Stimac last year to the national camp for the Intercontinental Cup. However, owing to the rule of not having a dual citizenship in the country, he was not allowed to play for India.
Omid started playing professionally in 2012 with Gahar Zagros in the Persian Gulf Pro League. If East Bengal signs him, it will be his first stint outside Iran.
In his 67 appearances in Iran's top division football, he has scored 5 goals and 4 assists, operating mainly on the left flank. However, he is comfortable playing on the other side of the field too.
The I-League has been shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak. It is unclear when the domestic league will begin next season and whether the red-yellow camp will play in the I-League or ISL next season.