Indian Super League side Kerala Blasters are desperate to get their hands on the ISL title after coming so close to achieving that aim in the past two seasons. While they went all the way to the finals in the inaugural edition of the league, they stood eighth in what was a torrid season for them in ISL 2015.
Ahead of ISL 2016, the Kerala-based side, who are currently without a head coach, have been rumoured to be keeping close tabs on former Manchester City forward Bradley Wright-Phillips, according to SB Nation. The 31-year-old currently plies his trade with Major League Soccer (MLS) side New York Red Bulls (NYRB).
The Englishman, who is also the brother of former Man City and Chelsea winger Shawn Wright-Phillips, has had an impressive career graph in the MLS. He has scored 54 times from an overall 96 games (as on May 12) for NYRB, who he joined in the summer of 2013 from English side Charlton.
Kerala Blasters, who recently had a change in ownership but India cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar is still a co-owner of the Indian franchisee, has had big names in the form of Iain Hume and Michael Chopra up front in their first season of the Indian Super League.
In ISL 2015, they roped in former Arsenal player Sanchez Watt, but they couldn't really reach the mark they had achieved in the first season.
Now, if they officially get their hands on Wright-Phillips, who is in a fine form at the moment, Kerala Blasters could get a strong centre forward ahead of ISL 2016. Also, they may increase their attacking teeth further if the Kerala side manage to retain the services of Chris Dagnall and Sanchez, who impressed despite a poor last season.
Meanwhile, former Atletico de Kolkata forward Mohammed Rafique could also be set for a move to Kerala Blasters this season, reported Goal.