Kedah announce Alvaro Silva signing in transfer confusion

Confusion has emerged over the future of Philippines international Alvaro Silva after Malaysia Super League outfit Kedah announced his capture on Thursday evening.

Kedah’s confirmation of Silva’s impending arrival on their official Facebook page came just hours after his previous club Ha Noi announced he had left them to join Thailand’s Sukhothai.

Sukhothai are yet to issue a statement on the matter but it now seems as though they have lost out in the race for the Spanish-born centre-back, who is also capable of playing in midfield.

Silva, who has experience playing in La Liga with Malaga, scored four goals in 21 appearances for Ha Noi this past season, and will be a like-for-like replacement for Australian Zac Anderson, who has since left the Red Eagles.

According to the statement released by Kedah, the transfer is still subject to Silva passing a medical and being given the final seal of approval by coach Ramon Marcote, although both are expected to be mere formalities.

The towering defender came close to playing for Kedah in 2016, although technical issues ultimately put paid to the move back then.

Despite having spent almost all his life in Spain, his country of birth, Silva has since won three caps for Philippines after qualifying to represent the Azkals via his paternal grandmother.

Now 33, Silva’s career thus far has seen him also play for Spanish sides Cadiz and Xerez, as well as in Romania, Azerbaijan, Kuwait and South Korea with Petrolul Ploiesti, Khazar, Al Qadsia and Daejeon Citizen respectively.

Photo credit: Ha Noi FC

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