Eriksson ready to ink Suree deal (November 13, 2007)



Thailand international Suree Sukha is set to become the first Thai player to sign for an English Premiership club when Manchester City manager Sven-Goran Eriksson arrives here later this week, the Football Association of Thailand (FAT) said yesterday.


FAT secretary-general Ong-Arj Kosinkar said the Swede will be here on Friday to ink a deal with the full-back.


Eriksson is also interested in Teerasil Dangda and Kiatprawut Saiwaew, who were at City on trial recently with Suree.
Suree was initially denied a work permit by Britain's Home Office but FAT president Worawi Makudi said he had talked to Premier League chief Richard Scudamore
The official has promised to help sort out any problems.
According to the FAT chief, striker Teerasil and defender Kiatprawut could also be signed by City, who are owned by former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
Worawi said City had agreed to help football development in Thailand and the FAT would send three young players to train at the English club next year as part of the agreement.


A press conference will be held at the Conrad hotel on Friday when Eriksson is expected to sign Suree and announce the co-operation agreement.


Eriksson will also visit China as part of a worldwide expansion programme which includes setting up academies in Asia.


''We plan to have academies all over the world,'' Eriksson was quoted as saying in the English press.


''The plan is to have the first ones opening in Thailand and China.''