Selangor set to swoop for Faris Ramli as final import for 2018 MSL
Malaysia Super League (MSL) side Selangor are set to swoop for Singapore international winger Faris Ramli.
The Home United winger, who has won 40 caps for his country, arrived home from a honeymoon trip to London and Paris on Saturday, eager to sort out of his future.
He has the option to stay in the S.League for the 2018 season, but his contract allows him to be released for the appropriate offer.
Selangor have been busy in the transfer window, adding Indonesian internationals Evan Dimas and Ilham Armaiyn to their squad.
According to The New Straits Times, Selangor have targeted Faris to fill their fifth and final foreign player spot, with Spain's Rufina Segovia and Brazilian Willian Pacheco already on the books.
The 25-year-old played a key role in Home United's run to the AFC Cup ASEAN zone final this year, where they lost to Ceres-Negros of the Philippines.
It is no surprise to see Faris linked with a move to the MSL again, having previously been scouted by Malaysian clubs after shining for LionsXII in the MSL as they won the 2013 title and 2015 FA Cup.
Selangor need someone who can turn a game after a disappointing 2017 in which they finished sixth in the MSL. Having been league runners-up from 2013-2015 and Malaysia Cup winners in 2015, fans have come to expect a team that challenges for honours.
They will certainly hope that the two Indonesians can make a difference and if a deal goes through for Faris, they will have arguably one of the most exciting talents in the region.
For Home United, however, it could be another blow in their attempts to challenge for the S.League title in 2018 after pushing champions Albirex Niigata (S) for much of the 2017 season before finishing third.
Having finished third this year, the Protectors might have hoped to go at least one better next year.
Unfortunately, they have already seen skipper Hassan Sunny move to Army United in Thailand, and loan star Hariss Harun return to parent club Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT). Prolific striker Stipe Plazibat is expected to seal a move to the Thai League soon, leaving Home United considerably weaker than they were this year.
The departure of Faris would be another blow for the S.League club, though it could be a great career move for the winger.
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