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A flurry of last minute transfer activity for Glass and strict foreign player quota may likely force the Singapore defender out of a move to Bangkok

By Bhas Kunju
bhas.kunju@goal.com
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Following the announcement of Shahril Ishak's reluctant acceptance of a failed move to Thai Premier League outfit Bangkok Glass FC on Saturday, his Lions team-mate Baihakki Khaizan could possibly have to follow suit.

Bangkok Glass announced the capture of Costa Rica international Jose Mena Alfaro on Friday. The towering centre-back fits into a similar mould as Baihakki.

Although the Thai club are known to be short in the defensive department, regulations in the Thai league are likely to hinder any further progress of a transfer for the Singapore international.

Only three foreigners and one additional Asian player is allowed to feature for the team, with a further three slots available for registration.

As of January 5th, Bangkok Glass have already signed Cameroonian youth international Christ Mbondi from Swiss side FC Sion, and defender Shinnosuke Honda on loan from Buriram United. Former Home United defender Valery Hiek has also been on the books for Glass since last year.

Hironori Saruta is another foreign player in a similar mould to Shahril, who has been a key member of the Bangkok side. With Glass looking set to complete a move for former Irish youth international Billy Mehmet from Perth Glory soon, their foreign player quota looks to be almost complete.

Despite the possibility of room for one more foreign signing, a move for Baihakki or Shahril at this point will only likely prove to be futile with the duo having to face the likelihood of falling down the pecking order for starting berth.

Meanwhile the Football Association of Singapore will announce the new LionsXII squad on Sunday afternoon at Jalan Besar Stadium.

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