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ISL 2017: FC Goa in talks to sign India U17 keeper Mohammad Nawaz

India U17 goalkeeper Mohammad Nawaz could be on his way to the Indian Super League.


Mohammad Nawaz
Mohammad Nawaz missed the cut for the FIFA U-17 India squad

What's the story?

ISL side FC Goa are said to be in talks with India U17 goalkeeper Mohammad Nawaz in an effort to consolidate their goalkeeping contingent, in the upcoming January transfer window.

In case you didn't know...

Mohammad Nawaz is a 16-year old goalkeeper from Manipur, who has been part of the India U17 squad for the last couple of years. Nawaz did not make the final cut for the FIFA U17 World Cup held in India but kept training with the team on standby.

The heart of the matter

Mohammad Nawaz has been in talks with FC Goa for signing with them in the winter transfer window. Nawaz was a part of the India squad that played the AFC U19 Championships Qualifiers in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.

The young custodian missed out on India U17 coach Luis Norton De Matos' final list for the Indian Arrows too, as Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem and Prabhsukhan Singh Gill were the final selected keepers. Nawaz has been in search of a club for the season and FC Goa could be his next destination.

The ISL side's management seems to be looking out for new signings in the window and came across so ahead of the transfer window.

"We have been speaking to a number of players, but things will get clearer once the transfer window opens. Once the transfer window opens, only then will the process be clearer for us," an FC Goa official said to Sportskeeda.

What's next?

The transfer window will begin on 15 January 2018 and an announcement regarding FC Goa's next signing can be expected soon.

Author's take

Mohammad Nawaz is a talented keeper and was unfortunate to miss out on the FIFA U17 World Cup and the Indian Arrows project. An opportunity with the FC Goa side could be a huge step in the development of the youngster even if he does not get any playing time.

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