National striker, Norshahrul Idlan Talaha, will don the jersey of Johor FA in the Malaysian Premier League (MPL) next season, Berita Harian has reported.
The Besut born player, who is currently attached to Malaysian champions Kelantan, is believed to be looking forward to a new challenge after three seasons with the east coast outfit.
Norshahrul has only got a year left on his contract with The Red Warriors, and will be on his way to southern Malaysia if Johor’s management can agree a release fee with the Kelantan Football Association (KAFA) for the 26-year-old.
Apart from Norshahrul, Johor are also interested in acquiring the services of another two of his Kelantan team-mates, Nurul Azwan Roya and Daudsu Jamaluddin.
According to Fandi Ahmad, Johor’s manager, the team will retain the services of their two foreign players for next season but refused to reveal the names of local players who are being poached by them.
“I won’t give any names. I’ll leave it to Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim to announce the full list,” said Fandi.
Since the ambitious Tunku Ismail took over the state football association early this year, Johor have been making news for their efforts to bring in big name players, both local and foreign.
It was rumoured in the past that The South Tigers tried to sign Argentinian star Juan Roman Riquelme and former England international Michael Owen, but were put off by the duo’s financial demands.