Defending I-League champions Mohun Bagan had a perfect day in the transfer market as they struck deals with India internationals Pronay Halder and Jeje Lalpekhlua.
Pronay, who was a regular for Pailan Arrows in the I-League, was part of the Dempo squad last year. However while playing for the U-23 national side, he suffered a terrible injury inside the opening 10 minutes of the first match in Asian Games 2014, which saw him spend the majority of last season in rehabilitation. He made a comeback in the second edition of Indian Super League (ISL), playing for eventual runners-up FC Goa and was deployed in both midfield and defense by Zico.
The Tata Football Academy (TFA) graduate was among the top few names on the target lists of both Bengaluru FC and East Bengal in the summer, but Dempo insisted on a transfer fee of 15 lakhs. Mohun Bagan entered the race late, but their patience saw them reap rewards as they didn't have to shell out any transfer fee. Pronay's signing is a massive boost for the Kolkata giants as they have brought in another high-profile U-22 player after signing Brandon Fernandes.
On the other hand, Jeje Lalpekhlua, who played a massive role in India's successful SAFF Championship campaign recently, has also decided to play for the Mariners. The former Pune FC striker, who has won three major competitions- I-League, ISL and SAFF Cup in the last eight months - was approached by East Bengal also, but will play for the defending champions on loan from Chennaiyin FC.
Mohun Bagan will start their I-League campaign on Saturday against newly promoted side Aizawl FC at Barasat Stadium.