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Baihakki weighing up his options, with Malaysia, the Middle East and Thailand all in the mix

Experienced Singaporean Baihakki Khaizan has recently been linked with a move to Saudi Arabia after the former Johor Darul Ta'zim (JDT) defender went through a successful five-day trial. But a return to the Malaysia Super League or a shift to Thailand is also being considered, the veteran revealed to FourFourTwo...

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Baihakki underwent a trial with Saudi second division side Jeddah late last month and was on track to become the first Southeast Asian player to join a club in the Middle Eastern country.

I'm not ruling out the possibility of joining KL and there is also an option for me to go to Thailand

- Baihakki Khaizan

But FourFourTwo understands the 33-year-old is also seriously considering an option to return to the MSL, this time with Kuala Lumpur.

While enticed by the possibility of playing in the Middle East, telling FFT last month that he was “honoured and humbled” by the opportunity, the defender is contemplating remaining in more familiar surroundings in the Malaysian capital.

FFT understands the Jeddah offer is only for four months with the option of an extension. Baihakki says he expects to make a decision shortly.

"I'm not ruling out the possibility of joining KL and there is also an option for me to go to Thailand besides the Jeddah offer,” Baihakki said when contacted on Tuesday.

"I'm weighing all options closely and hopefully I will be confirming where I will be playing my football this season in the next one or two days."

Bai returned to the S.League last season. Photo: FAS

Baihakki’s link with Kuala Lumpur came about after efforts from the recently promoted club to sign Indonesian defender Achmad Jufriyanto from Persib Bandung fell through at the last minute.

That cleared the way for 129-cap veteran Baihakki to take up the ASEAN import slot available, with the city side preferring an experienced player to complete its quota of foreign imports for this season.

We want an experience player and we'll see how the negotiations go with Bai

Kuala Lumpur Football Association (KLFA) general secretary Nokman Mustafa recently confirmed Baihakki is on their radar.

"Yes Bai is on the list but we also have other candidates for the ASEAN slot,” he said in an interview with a Malaysian TV channel.

"However, we want an experience player and we'll see how the negotiations go with Bai.”

Kuala Lumpur coach Fabio Maciel would also have no objection to Baihakki's inclusion as he is also keen to sign an experienced player that could be used at centre-back or as a defensive midfielder.

Baihakki has already made a number of stops in his career, including representing Persija Jakarta and Persib Bandung in Indonesia, and spent last season back home with Warriors FC.

Kuala Lumpur have already signed two experienced local players for the upcoming season, former international midfielder Indra Putra Mahayuddin and former Perak, JDT and JDT II attacker Zaquan Adha Abdul Radzak.

Indra and Baihakki have battled it out on the international scene on numerous occasions in the past, while Zaquan was the Singaporean’s former teammate at JDT II.

"I would welcome Baihakki if he was to come to KL, with his experience he would definitely help our team and I know his quality from playing with him," said Zaquan in a recent interview.

Baihakki would become only the fourth Singaporean to don KL colours should he return to the MSL, after Fandi Ahmad, Malek Awab and K Kannan.

Main photo: Weixiang Lim/FourFourTwo