Thailand star Teerasil seals loan move to Almeria

Thailand international Teerasil Dangda will join Almeria at the start of the 2014/15 Spanish season, the La Liga club have confirmed.

Teerasil, regarded in recent years as the best striker in Southeast Asia, has spent the last five years with Thai giants Muangthong United, with whom he has won the Premier League title three times.

However, a move to Europe has looked on the cards in recent times especially after the 25-year-old first went on trial with Atletico Madrid at the start of last year.

Even though he did enough to earn a second stint with Los Rojiblancos recently, there was no word on whether coach Diego Simeone was keen on signing him on a permanent basis.

Nonetheless, the uncertainty over his future was ended on Wednesday after Almeria confirmed they had agreed a deal with Muangthong to sign him on loan, with an option for a permanent transfer.

Club CEO Jose Juan Bonillo and sporting director Alberto Benito will both fly to Thailand on February 18 to finalise details of the deal, it was confirmed on the club’s official website.

This marks Teerasil’s second foray into European football after he was one of three Thai players to sign for Manchester City when they were owned by Thaksin Shiniwatra, although he failed to make a single appearance for the Barclays Premier League side.

Almeria also claimed both City and Atletico were interested in Teerasil’s services, and described him as a “versatile attacker” who is capable of playing as the focal point in attack, a second striker, an attacking midfielder or on the wings.

“Teerasil Dangda has great quality, is fast, skilful and has great vision as well, which helps him make a lot of assists for his team-mates,” the club added.

The Bangkok native, who has scored 29 goals in 58 caps for Thailand, is likely to remain at the Twin Qilins for the first half of their 2014 campaign – which starts later this month – before moving to Spain.

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