Teerasil likely to join leaders BG Pathum

Teerasil likely to join leaders BG Pathum

Teerasil Dangda (right) scores a goal for Shimizu S-Pulse during a J-League match this season.
Teerasil Dangda (right) scores a goal for Shimizu S-Pulse during a J-League match this season.

Thailand striker Teerasil Dangda is set to join Thai League 1 leaders BG Pathum United, various reports in the local media claimed on Tuesday.

They said the 32-year-old star is likely to return to Thailand after his contract with J-League side Shimizu S-Pulse expires at the end of January.

BG Pathum and Shimizu have agreed a transfer fee of about 24 million baht for the veteran forward, according to the reports.

One of Thailand's most lethal strikers of this generation, Teerasil moved from Thai League 1 club Muang Thong United to Shimizu earlier this year.

However, Teerasil has since rarely been picked to start for Shimizu, who are 17th in the 18-team J-League after 22 games.

Teerasil, who had an unsuccessful spell at J-League club Sanfrecce Hiroshima in 2018, has previously played or been on the books of England's Manchester City, Grasshopper Zurich of Switzerland and Almeria in Spain.

BG Pathum lead the Thai League 1 table with 22 points after eight matches.

They are followed by Ratchaburi, who have 17 points, and Bangkok United and Chonburi who both are on 15 points.

Meanwhile, BG Pathum captain Thitiphan Puangjan said it was too early to talk about his team winning the Thai League 1 crown.

BG Pathum beat former champions Buriram United 1-0 at the weekend and are now five points clear at the top of the table.

"It is still a long journey to the title," said the midfielder.

"Indeed, our initial goal is to win a ticket to the AFC Champions League."

Since the season resumed last month, BG Pathum have also defeated title contenders Port and Bangkok United.

"We are taking things on a match-by-match basis," Thailand international Thitiphan said.

"We have learned that if we play according to our plan, then we can achieve our goal."

BG Pathum next host Samut Prakan City on Saturday.

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