Selangor officials have apparently approached Indonesian side Mitra Kukar in an attempt to bring their centreback Hamka Hamzah to Shah Alam next seasonThe Red Giants are interested in signing Indonesian centreback Hamka Hamzah for the 2014 Malaysian Super League (MSL) season and the 29-year-old himself has already confirmed this.
Indonesian sports news website Sportsatu.com reported that the officials of both outfits have been in discussion and it isn't surprising that the Football Association of Selangor (FAS) have gone for an early swoop, seeing that in recent years they have always been among the earliest outfits to approach prospective players for the upcoming seasons.
Makassar-born Hamka has played in several prominent Indonesian clubs throughout his career such as PSSM Makassar, Persija Jakarta and Persik Kediri, and has featured for the Indonesian national team in almost 30 official international matches.
Selangor may be interested in signing the Indonesian centreback in order to revive the dismal match attendance at the Stadium Shah Alam; when the Red Giants signed the Indonesian international duo of Ellie Aiboy and Bambang Pamungkas in 2005, match attendance at the stadium increased significantly.
This move could also be part of the effort to bring in more Asian foreign players into the MSL after the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) announced earlier this year that they would allow the signing of one more foreign player per team for the 2014 season, as long as at least one of their import signings is an Asian.
This change in the league regulations will bring up the maximum number of allowed foreign players for each team to three from two this season.
If the rumours of Hamka's arrival are true, it will call into question the future of Australian Adam Griffiths, who was signed earlier this year to replace Peter Chrappan.
However, FAS have denied that such a discussion between the two sides has ever taken place.
With two more league matches to go, Selangor are now second behind table-toppers LionsXII with a difference of four points, and separated from third-placed Johor Darul Takzim only by goal difference.