East Bengal FC have agreed terms with former Republic of Ireland international Anthony Pilkington with a view towards bringing him on board for the upcoming Indian Super League (ISL) season, as per several reports in the United Kingdom.
The Red and Golds have been linked to a number of foreign players in the past few weeks and Pilkington is the latest in that list following on from forward Anthony Stokes, Scottish defender Danny Fox and Aussie right-back Scott Neville.
With an official announcement about their participation in the ISL already made and internal disputes with new investors Shree Cement sorted out, the Kolkata giants would be looking to make the most of the eleven days that are remaining in the transfer market to build a competitive team.
With the head coach position still vacant even after strong rumours of Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler’s approach, fans have been getting restless in terms of the clubs work behind the scenes. But with a steady flow of rumours linking them with some top professionals like the ones mentioned above, it seems more like a matter of when rather than if.
Pilkington came through the ranks at Manchester United and was a part of their U-18 team. The former Huddersfield, Cardiff City, Norwich City and Wigan Athletic player likes to operate from the left of midfield and has played over 400 games in England. The 32-year-old enjoyed the best spell of his career between 2011-14 while playing for Norwich, scoring 14 goals and providing 5 assists in 75 appearances.
A free agent at the moment, he played last season for Wigan in League One which is the third tier in English football. He also has 9 caps for his country having made his national team debut in 2013.
It will be interesting to see how East Bengal line up in their debut ISL campaign, the investors have promised a competitive team which would make the fans proud.