Amri set for Malacca after JDT release

Johor Darul Ta’zim’s (JDT) Amri Yahyah is expected to move to newly-promoted Malacca for the 2017 Malaysia Super League (MSL) season after the Southern Tigers confirmed the club would be parting ways with the evergreen forward after three successful seasons.

Hopes of an Amri homecoming at Selangor took a massive dent after Malacca confirmed they have approached the striker-cum-winger after his contract at JDT ended.

The Southern Tigers have also sold Nazrin Nawi and Jasazrin Jamaluddin to Perak for undisclosed fees.

“Nazrin and Jasazrin are valued at RM1.5 (million) in total. Following talks with Perak, we have agreed to let them go for a lesser amount … they join them on Tuesday,” read a statement by JDT Sport Director Alistair Edwards.

"I represent the JDT family in thanking the three players for their contribution to JDT's successes.”

Amri won three MSL titles, two Sultan Ahmad Shah Cups, one FA Cup and one AFC Cup during his time at JDT

Amri, who turns 36 in January, is still among the finest strikers in Malaysia. He scored six goals in 28 domestic appearances last season, most of it from the flanks. He also scored two in the AFC Cup group stage.

He also scored twice for the Tigers against Cambodia at the AFF Suzuki Cup but then struggled to cope with Vietnam and Myanmar as Malaysia failed to qualify for the knockout rounds for the first time since 2008.

Amri was expected to sign for Selangor, where he spent his entire career before the JDT move in 2014, but the Red Giants are caught in a financial turmoil that is threatening to rip them apart ahead of their 2017 campaign.

Malacca, who are hell-bent on showing they can match the big boys in their first top-flight season in a decade, have already signed Fauzi Roslan, Faizal Muhammad, Tam Sheang Tsung, Ghanaian Godwin Antwi and Iranian-Filipino Omid Nazri.

“There is an offer made already and things look positive. We have given Amri time to dwell on the move and we will know on Monday. The terms of the contract will be finalised then," said Malacca deputy president Yusoff Mahadi

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