JDT finally land Malaysian striker Hazwan

Malaysia Super League (MSL) champions Johor Darul Ta’zim and Selangor have reached an agreement over the transfer of Ahmad Hazwan Bakri, who will officially join the Southern Tigers this week.

The 25-year-old former Harimau Muda starlet will join a legion of former Selangor players at JDT after the club agreed to purchase the Malaysian international for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of RM1million.

“Both teams have reached an agreement for a transfer. Hazwan’s contract will start beginning 2017 and run until the end of 2018,” his representatives from MVP Sports Agency told Utusan.

FourFourTwo understands Hazwan was also approached for a move last year but decided to stay put after winning the 2015 Malaysia Cup with the Red Giants.

Hazwan refused to comment, saying the paperwork for the move was not yet finalised, but JDT have already announced his arrival on their Facebook page.

His move to JDT ends months of speculation after club owner Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim said a couple of months ago that two Selangor players would jump ship ahead of their 2017 campaign.

JDT had already signed the out-of-contract Nazmi Faiz Mansor, another core member of Selangor’s 2015 heroics.

The three-time consecutive MSL winners appear to be a favourite destination for players from Selangor, once the biggest team in the country. Selangor’s fall from grace has seen numerous players join JDT since Safiq Rahim made the first move at the end of the 2012 season.

Hazwan’s move could spark an exodus at Selangor as management have failed to secure funding for the 2017 season. The Red Giants could sell the rest of their squad and depend instead on untested youngsters.

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