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Thai club signs former Arsenal starlet Jay Simpson

Thai Premier League (TPL) side Buriram United have announced the signing of Jay Simpson on a free transfer.

Simpson arrives on a 2-year contract that will reportedly earn him £40,000 a month, making him the highest paid player of all-time in the TPL.

Buriram, who featured in the AFC Champions League (ACL) quarter-finals this year have previously placed faith in Spanish players, having signed Osmar Ibanez, Javier Patino, Carmelo Gonzalez while Deportivo's David Rochela will join next season having agreed a pre-contract.

24-year-old Simpson, is a product of the Arsenal Academy and has played for the Gunners in the League Cup. He was signed by Hull in 2010 but has appeared on loan at West Brom and Queens Park Rangers as well.

Simpson was available as a free agent having been released by the Tigers in May.

Speaking exclusively to Goal Thailand, Simpson expressed his delight at joining Buriram.

"I'm happy and very excited to be signing with Buriram," said Simpson.

"It's a brand new challenge to play football in Thailand and also in Asia, I just can't wait for my first competitive match."

Simpson also revealed that he had received several offers in Europe but chose Buriram after visiting the the Thai club's home ground of New I-Mobile Stadium.

"After my contract with Hull expired, many clubs in Europe offered contracts," he explained.

"I negotiateed and visited the stadiums for most of them, including Buriram of course. Just standing here made me feel like I want to play. Buriram has an amazing stadium. The camp also has a very good atmosphere.

"Maybe it's too early to say something like this, but my first impression tells me that Buriram's better than many clubs in Europe. Another crucial factor is the President (Nevin Chidchob) himself. He told me that this club must climb to the top of Asia. His ambition really moved me, as I've seen how much he has put it in."