The Sultanate's only professional club have been linked to several big names but such moves may seem unlikely as they are not keen to break their banks for players
By Khalis Rifhan
Brunei DPMM are set to ring in the changes during the S.League mid-season transfer window in June, with coach Vjeran Simunic set to bring in new names to replace several of their foreign players who have not been up to mark.
It has been widely reported in the local media that Guadeloupe international Stephane Auvray is most likely to be dropped by the livewire Croatian coach, with the player having been a target of criticism by both the management and fans for his "poor" performance.
Auvray came with an impressive track record having played in the Major League Soccer with Sporting Kansas and New York Red Bulls, and was with Caen for eight years during his youth career.
The midfielder has not featured for the team since their 4-2 win over Geylang International on April 3 in which Auvray came on for Adi Said in the 61st minute and as reported by the local media, was blamed for the two goals conceded by the team late in the match.
Although DPMM’s website indicated that they will be hosting a trial for several prominent players, including former Juventus and Fenerbahce playmaker Stephen Appiah and former Messina and Ascoli player Domenico Giampa, sources close to Goal.com Singapore have indicated that the move is unlikely to materialise as the club is not willing to break their banks for the players.
“They are not willing to pay the market rate for these players and they expect them to go through a trial; DPMM wants big-name players but they do not want to pay big wages for them,” said a source, speaking on condition of anonymity.
It is rumoured that the club is only willing to pay a maximum of USD10,000 for a "star" player, thus putting off well-known players from signing on the dotted line.
While the prospect of these two players is still uncertain, Brunei DPMM has also indicated on its official website that former Arsenal and Fulham midfielder Luis Boa Morte has arrived for trials with the club.