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Rohan Luthra: Cardiff poised to sign England youth goalkeeper

Cardiff set to complete historic deal to sign goalkeeper Rohan Luthra; England youth international spent over a decade at Crystal Palace and made history last year when he became the first British South Asian goalkeeper to sign a professional contract with a Premier League club

England youth international Rohan Luthra
Image: England youth international Rohan Luthra is set to join Cardiff City

Cardiff City are set to sign England youth goalkeeper Rohan Luthra, Sky Sports News understands.

The Bluebirds have already brought in midfielder James Collins and Republic of Ireland U21 international Mark McGuinness ahead of the new campaign, but have needed to sign a new goalkeeper after releasing youngsters Bradley Stewart and Jamie Cogman.

They are now poised to complete an historic deal to sign highly-rated teenager Luthra, who Sky Sports News exclusively revealed earlier this month was leaving Crystal Palace after more than a decade at the club.

Luthra made history last summer when he penned his first senior deal with Palace, becoming the first British South Asian goalkeeper to sign a professional contract with a Premier League club.

England's Callum Hudson-Odoi runs with the ball during the Euro U21 group D soccer match between England and Switzerland in Koper, Slovenia, Thursday, March 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
Image: Luthra played alongside England's Callum Hudson-Odoi at schoolboy level

The 6ft 5in Punjabi stopper now looks set to become the first British South Asian goalkeeper to join a Sky Bet Championship club on professional terms.

Luthra played alongside England internationals Bukayo Saka and Callum Hudson-Odoi at junior level and made his debut in goal for Crystal Palace's U18s aged just 15.

Swansea City v Stoke City - Sky Bet Championship - Liberty Stadium
Swansea City's Yan Dhanda during the Sky Bet Championship match at Liberty Stadium, Swansea. 27 October 2020
Image: Yan Dhanda joined Swansea three years ago after leaving Liverpool

Kompany's Anderlecht keen on Dhanda

Meanwhile, Anderlecht have made an approach for Swansea's Yan Dhanda.

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The Championship side want to keep the attacker but he has not signed a new contract offer that has been on the table since January, and has just a year left on his current deal

Dhanda is one of the most influential British South Asians in football and part of Kick It Out's Player Advisory Group.

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Hamza Choudhury making history with Leicester as a British South Asian FA Cup winner needs to be highlighted and celebrated, the first-ever Muslim member of the FA Council, Yunus Lunat, tells Sky Sports News.

The former Liverpool academy player told Sky Sports News last season: "My main aim is to empower young South Asian players that want to make it in the professional game."

Dhanda started 17 games as he made 31 appearances in all competitions for Swansea last season.

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