Transfer round-up: Al Ahli forward is prime Emirati target for Al Jazira

Jazira’s bid for Habib Fardan, another UAE international and Al Nasr midfielder, is likely to fall though after an official from the Dubai club said they did not want to sell.

Al Ahli's Ismail Al Hammadi, centre, is being sought after by Al Jazira. Pawan Singh / The National
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Al Jazira are ready to spend big as they look to strengthen their squad with Emirati signings for the 2014/15 Arabian Gulf League season under new coach Eric Gerets.

They have made a formal bid to sign Ismail Al Hammadi, the UAE international and Al Ahli forward in what is said would be one of the biggest deals for an Emirati player.

Al Hammadi, winner of the AGL’s Player of the Year award, had a key role in Ahli’s wins in the Arabian Gulf League and the Arabian Gulf Cup.

Jazira’s bid for Habib Fardan, another UAE international and Al Nasr midfielder, is likely to fall though after an official from the Dubai club said they did not want to sell. Jazira, however, said they were confident an agreement would be reached on Al Hammadi.

Meanwhile, Baniyas have signed Serbian Aleksander Ilic on a two-year deal for the first season of the Under 21 league, which replaces the reserve league from 2014/15.

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