Which Singapore internationals would be good enough for the MSL?
Only four Malaysian clubs — Felda United, Melaka United, Penang and PKNS — are believed to be on the prowl for a defender.
Shakir didn't play much in the early part of the season for current club Tampines Rovers, but he has returned to fitness and been putting in commendable displays at left-back.
For PKNS, they should know full well what he is capable of, especially after the 2017 Sultan of Singapore (SOS) Cup.
Playing for the Singapore Selection, Shakir held up and kept what was essentially a PKNS side quiet down his end. He even managed to score a well-taken goal in the 3-2 win.
That said, Shakir ran into disciplinary issues this season so any club that comes for him will need to manage him really well so that he can concentrate on his game.
Without a doubt, Hafiz would be a suitable candidate for a move across the Causeway, especially since he is in limbo right now.
Hafiz moved to Thailand in January and was turning out for BBCU regularly in the Thai League 2. However, his club suddenly pulled out from all competitions in late April and the defender/winger has not played any competitive football since.
With the transfer window open now in Malaysia and Singapore, it will be a major surprise if Hafiz is short of suitors, given his reputation for being a very consistent player in the past few years.
Malaysian clubs Felda, Malacca, Penang and PKNS have been on the hunt for a defender of late. If they do go for Hafiz, they will add versatility to their squad as well.