Former Everton hotshot James McFadden, who was also one of the most lethal strikers for the Scotland national team, is reportedly going to be announced as the new marquee player of Kerala Blasters for this season of the Indian Super League.
Kerala Blasters assistant coach Trevor Morgan has already confirmed that former Spain defensive rock Carlos Marchena, who was announced as their marquee player before the start of the season, has parted ways with the club.
The decision has been taken after Marchena didn't recover in time from the injuries he picked up during the team's pre-season, and was not fit enough to participate in the remainder of the tournament.
However, the ISL side's CEO has cited "personal reasons" for the player's departure.
"Unfortunateâ€‹lyâ€‹, Carlos Marchena has gone back to Spain due â€‹to â€‹personal reasonâ€‹sâ€‹, and will not be with â€‹Kerala Blasters FC â€‹for the rest of the season. We thank him for his time here and wish â€‹â€‹himâ€‹ allâ€‹the best," Kerala Blasters CEO Viren D'silva spoke to local Kerala daily Onmanorama.
"We areâ€‹ currently â€‹â€‹in â€‹talks with James McFadden as â€‹a â€‹possible new international signing."
Terry Phelan's side are looking to lure the former Birmingham City and Sunderland forward to the ISL. McFadden has 15 goals from 49 games for his national team, and according to reports surfacing last month, the Scot had been undergoing trials with MLS (Major League Soccer) side Philadelphia Union.
The Times of India sports correspondent Marcus Mergulhao confirmed that an offer has been made to the player's camp by the ISL franchisee, and the official announcement could come by the end of the day.