The Singapore defender looks likely to have his move to the Thai Premier League confirmed by next week after initial rejection by FAS.
|By Bhas Kunju
Shahril Ishak and Baihakki Khaizan's move to Thai Premier League side Bangkok Glass FC looked to be dead in the water just earlier this week, after Goal.com Singapore revealed through the players' agent that they were still wanted by the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) for the LionsXII team.
Now, sources in Thailand have revealed that at least one of them will likely see their move to Bangkok completed as early as next week.
Suppasin Leelarit, manager of Bangkok Glass FC (BGFC), revealed that talks with FAS were still underway over their proposed move with Baihakki Khaizan's transfer looking close to completion.
"Now we're negotiating with FAS but no signings have been made just yet," Suppasin told Goal.com.
"The chance (that Baihakki will join BGFC) is high. Next week our supporters should hear some good news."
While some media reports had cited a meeting between the duo and former Thai international Surachai Jaturapattarapong during their semi-final visit as the catalyst for the transfer, Suppasin added that the former Home United and Gombak United player had no involvement in the proposed transfer.
"Nguan (Surachai) had no part in this," he added firmly when posed the question.
Both Shahril and Baihakki featured prominently for the LionsXII in their maiden season in the Malaysian Super League with the latter scoring the team's first ever goal in the competition. The Singapore duo then had a successful AFF Suzuki Cup campaign just last month lifting the AFF Championship for a record fourth time, while Shahril who finished the competition with four goals also clinched the Most Valuable Player award.
FAS had reportedly rejected the overseas move for the players as they have been registered for the 2013 Malaysian Super League season and finding a replacement was deemed impossible, with the end of the transfer window.