Courts Young Lions are likely to find out over the next fortnight whether Singapore international Adam Swandi will be joining them.
The 18-year-old starlet is currently one of the brightest prospects in Singaporean football and has already won several caps for the senior national team.
Adam created waves at the start of last year when he signed a two-year deal with French side Metz, who produced the likes of Robert Pires, Louis Saha, Sebastien Bassong and Emmanuel Adebayor.
However, he is yet to make a decision on whether to take up the club’s offer of a one-year extension or return to Singapore in a bid to be part of the Under-23 side that will take part in the 2015 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games on home soil.
Should he decide on the latter, it is almost certain he will join the Young Lions and although it is far from a done deal, coach Aide Iskandar reveals the saga is edging closer to a resolution.
“We know all about how Adam is a quality player but – at this point in time – we are not sure if he will be joining us,” he told Football SEA.
“His parents are yet to make their decision but they will be meeting the management team very soon for discussions.
“Hopefully, something positive can come out from the meeting.”
Aide has already spent time working with the talented attacking midfielder, given the youngster was part of the U-23 side that went on a three-week training camp in Austria last month.
And the Young Lions boss admits it would be a massive coup if they were indeed able to add him to their ranks.
“Of course to have Adam in the team would definitely be a boost for us,” the former Singapore captain added.
“I, as the coach, and the players like Adam and we would welcome him if he wants to join the Young Lions.
“He would definitely add creativity to our team and we just have to hope for the best.”
With just over three month to go till the end of the S.League campaign, the Young Lions currently find themselves second from bottom and are no longer capable of breaking into the top half.
They did however miss a chance to pull level on points with 10th-placed Tanjong Pagar United on Sunday after being held to a 0-0 draw by Harimau Muda at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
Still, Aide’s charges were perhaps unlucky as they had dominated proceedings and wasted an excellent opportunity to win it right at the death when Shameer Aziq could only head Ali Hudzaifi’s pinpoint cross over from four yards out.
“There were some moments where we played good football and created chances,” he added.
“We knew it was going to be a challenge, especially considering we were missing five key players through international duty.
“But I felt the players that came into the side stepped up to the task and we had the better chances, although at the end of the day we failed to put the ball into the net.
“It’s definitely disappointing that we didn’t get the three points, especially with home advantage. But I think there were plenty of aspects from our performance that were pleasing, like having kept a clean sheet.”
The Young Tigers should also have had goalkeeper Ilham Amirullah sent off in the 64th minute when he brought down Jordan Webb on the edge of the box, only to be shown a yellow.
Harimau Muda coach Razip Ismail admitted his player was extremely lucky not to have been sent off for the last-man foul, and Aide was understandably displeased with the incident.
“The goalkeeper did well for Harimau Muda, but he also did well to stay on the pitch,” the 39-year-old said, with a wry smile.
“In a tight game, having a one-man advantage would definitely have made a huge difference.
“Unfortunately, the referee saw it differently and we have to respect his decision.
“There are a few more games from now till the end of the season and we just have to try and collect as many points as we can, and progress as much as possible.”