Thai League 1 outfit Bangkok Glass are currently negotiating a deal to sign Singapore international Irfan Fandi from Home United.
Irfan, the eldest son of Singapore legend Fandi Ahmad, is coming off a successful year where he played a pivotal role in Home finishing third in the S.League and reaching the ASEAN Zone final of the AFC Cup, as well as established himself as a national team regular.
While he started off as a striker like his father, the 20-year-old has now firmly settled into the role of centre-back, which is where he has been deployed for club and country this year.
Having previously had overseas stints as a youth in Spain and Chile, Irfan has always been viewed as one with the potential to ply his trade abroad.
And it seems that the opportunity could come as soon as in 2018, with the Glass Rabbits keen on securing his services.
“My dad and agent are still talking to them, and we are trying to work something out,” Irfan told The New Paper.
“I still have plans to play in Europe, and the contract they offered is for more than a year… So I consider that long-term.
“If I am able to play professionally in Europe, that would obviously be the best case scenario.
“I don’t want to be stuck here [in this region].”
Bangkok Glass, who finished fifth in T1 this year, are said to have already sealed the acquisition of Irfan’s fellow Protector in 37-goal Stipe Plazibat, as well as another former Home marksman in Frenchman Frederic Mendy.
The addition of a foreign player slot specifically catered for Southeast Asian imports in the Thai League starting next season has paved the way for players like Irfan to make the move, although he admitted he was not expecting the interest.
“I think I had a good season, but I did not think clubs overseas were interested in me,” added the 1.89m defender.
“When I found out that they [Bangkok Glass] were keen on me, I immediately looked up the squad and they have very good players… So I was shocked my name came up [as a target].
“I’m still recovering from my [ankle] injury but, to me, my pre-season has already started.
“I’m excited and looking forward to next year.”