Manchester City, owned by former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, intend to sign three Thai players.
City manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, who assumed control after Thaksin bought the club in July, is due to arrive in Thailand on Friday to make the signings, said Vittaya Khunpleum, chairman of Thai side Chonburi FC.
Two of the players – Suree Sukha and Kietprawut Sai-aeo – come from his club, while the third is Theerasil Daengda from Bangkok’s Muangthong-Nongchok United FC, Vittaya said.
“Our players are qualified. If they can play in the (Man City) first team, football will become more interesting and it will help professional football in Thailand,” Vittaya said.
“It is lucky that the chairman of the club is Thai,” he added.