Vietnam star Nguyen Van Quyet is reportedly on the radar of Buriram United to fill their ASEAN import player spot for the 2018 season.
Starting next year, all Thai League sides will have a foreign player slot specifically catered for Southeast Asian players.
And while the 2017 campaign only recently came to a close, it looks as though newly-crowned T1 champions are already firmly pushing ahead with their plans for the future.
Rumour: Nguyen Van Quyet to fill Buriram's ASEAN spot for TPL season 2018.
— BobbyBrown (@RabonaMike) November 25, 2017
According to Thsport.com, Buriram have reached an agreement to sign a midfielder of Vietnamese nationality.
It was further suggested that the player’s surname is Nguyen and, while that is a fairly common last name in Vietnam, there is almost no likelier candidate than Van Quyet as rumours are gathering pace that he will be showcasing his wares at the I-Mobile Stadium next year.
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Still only 26, the attacking midfielder is already the captain of his national side and has long been seen as the successor to Vietnam’s legendary striker Le Cong Vinh, who retired at the end of last season.
Van Quyet has been on the books of Vietnamese giants Ha Noi since 2011 and has won two V.League 1 titles and the Vietnamese Cup, as well as reached the quarter-finals of the AFC Cup in 2014.
I wonder how many Thai teams will take advantage of signing naturalized players such as Samson. Malaysia have same quota but player must have 30caps (or special approval), meaning only Van Quyet could move in the current squad.
— Vietnam football (@soccervietnam) November 22, 2017
The silky-skilled playmaker with a keen eye for goal has already reached 50 caps for the national team and recently played a pivotal role in them qualifying for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup in United Arab Emirates.
Should Van Quyet indeed move to Buriram, he would be the second ASEAN import confirmed for the Thai League 1 in 2018, after Myanmar international Aung Thu signed for Police Tero last week.
Photo credit: Ha Noi FC