JDT set to move in for Argentina striker Fernando Marquez

Nicolas Anil Nicolas Anil

Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) could boast a new forward before the Malaysia Super League (MSL) second transfer window closes after they were linked with Argentinian Fernando Marquez.

“Striker Fernando Marquez, who was due to return to Belgrano for the next tournament, will be Johor’s player in Malaysia,” read a statement from Argentine sports portal Mundo D – La Voz.

Marquez is currently on loan to Argentina Primera Division outfit Defensa y Justicia from Belgrano.

“Belgrano will next inform in the next hours some details about this operation, since Marquez had a contract with Alberdi’s club until June 2019.”

If the statement is indeed true, Marquez would be replacing either Harry Novillo or Jorge Santos Silva who could be on their way out after only three matches.

On Tuesday, JDT boss Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim (TMJ) hinted both forwards might be packing their bags after failing to impress in three matches.

“We have picked two foreign players who I believe are not better than the local players. I have said previously that we want to spend extravagantly and squander. Now it really seems that we have to spend exorbitantly and are squandering after all,” said TMJ.

“Even after signing players for millions, if I see that those players aren’t performing after a few games, they can leave and I will look for their replacements for JDT. That’s never happened in Malaysian football, but this is JDT.”

The Southern Tigers are gearing up to win the MSL for a fifth consecutive time and qualify for the AFC Champions League in 2019.

The Malaysian league champions would get an automatic slot to Asia’s premiere tournament next year, unlike previous years where they have to navigate the qualifiers first.

TMJ’s squad lead the MSL standings by six points, and could increase that advantage when they welcome closest rivals Perak FA on Saturday.

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