New Delhi: India Under-19 footballer Brandon Fernandes' trial stint in England created quite a stir on Tuesday with reports of him being offered one million dollar by Premiership side Reading FC doing the rounds only to be dismissed by his father.
Reports earlier in the day said that newly promoted Reading FC, which is now languishing at the bottom of English Premier League table after a series of losses, offered $1 million for his transfer from Africa Soccer Development (ASD), Cape Town.
Denials came in swiftly, quoting Brandon's agent in England and officials of ASD Academy where he is now plying trade.
Brandon's father Jaju Fernandes was all at loss when asked about the offer and said that his son has also no clue.
18-year-old Brandon had a two-week trial stint with Reading FC which ended on Monday and he is now with second division side Leicester City for another two-week trials.
"I don't have any idea how this offer of $1 million from Reading FC came about. Brandon called me up from England in the afternoon about this news and he asked me how this story had come about," Jaju Fernandes said.
"Reports that Reading Football Club have made a concrete offer for Brandon Fernandes are completely untrue. Any publication that runs with them is actually compromising Brandon's prospects and any negotiations that may be taking place. We ask you to kindly remember this and support us in protecting Brandon from irresponsible rumour," said Susanna Steptoe, marketing director, ASD Cape Town.
"Brandon has done his best at Reading trials and we have not heard anything from Reading after the two-week trials there which ended yesterday. My son is now at Leicester City for another two-week trials. So we are having out fingers crossed and hoping for the best," said Fernandes, a former Goa Football Association Executive Committee member.
The youngster trained with the Reading U-21 squad and played one practice game behind close doors where he assisted two of the three goals scored.
Brandon, who had represented India in all the age group levels, had come to prominence in Salgaocar FC colours during the Manchester United Soccer Skills Competition in 2009. He impressed the scouts from ASD Cape Town FC who watched the competition.
Brandon joined ASD Cape Town FC in 2010 and now plays in the South African Under-19 league.
Updated Date: Oct 31, 2012 11:23 AM