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Reading rumour over teen

sports Updated: Oct 30, 2012 23:24 IST
HT correspondent

Former Salgaocar youth Brandon Fernandes is rumoured to be wanted by English Premier League club Reading FC.

The 19-year-old, who has been training at ASD Cape Town, a South Afri-can football academy, had a two-week trial at Reading and is curr-ently trialling with English Cham-pionship outfit Leicester City.

A report on claimed on Tuesday that Reading are ready to offer $1m (R 5.4 crore) for Fernandes. However, his agent John Steptoe and father Jaju, a former executive committee me-mber of the Goa FA, told that no offer has been made yet.

Jaju also told HT that he was unaware of any offer being made. Reading haven’t responded to an email inquiry from HT. It was learnt that ASD Cape Town will have a big say in any future move of Brandon and it remains to be seen whether the youngster can get a UK work permit given that India’s Fifa Ranking is 168. “Reading called him for trials and Brandon told us that he did well. In addition, I am in touch with ASD Cape Town representatives and they haven’t told me of any offer as yet too,” Jaju said. HTC