Baihakki Khaizan in a file photo. He is being replaced by Brazilian defender Marcos Antonio Elias Santos in the JDT team.
LARKIN: Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) have splashed the cash again in their pursuit of silverware this season.
The Southern Tigers have secured Brazilian defender Marcos Antonio Elias Santos in the second transfer window to replace Singapore international Baihakki Khaizan. There is also speculation that Argentinian Diego Mario Buonanotte may be signed from La Liga side Granada to replace compatriot Pablo Aimar.
The 30-year-old Santos, who has a played with several clubs in Europe, last featured for FC Nuremberg in the Bundesliga.
A shocked Baihakki, who had signed a four-year contract with JDT, said that his immediate plan would be to find a team in Singapore or Indonesia to play on loan.
“I accept the management’s decision ... I think it’s a move to improve the team’s fortunes in the M-League. I wish them all the best,” said Baihakki on Saturday.
“I hope to play in a neighbouring country so that I can make the Singapore national team in the AFF Suzuki Cup competition in November. I want to thank the fans for their support and the management for giving me a chance to play for the team.”
Baihakki is expected to serve out his four-year contract with JDT II in the Premier League next season.
JDT have also changed their head coach in mid-season following a poor showing in the first half of the Super League, which saw them picking up only four wins from 11 matches.
Manager Bojan Hodak was appointed as caretaker coach on April 11 to replace head coach Spaniard Cesar Jimenez.