|Midfielder Phạm Hoàng Lâm (right) and HAGL’s manager Nguyễn Tấn Anh. — Photo catscdn.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — V.League 1 side Hoàng Anh Gia Lai (HAGL) have signed midfielder Phạm Hoàng Lâm from the V.League 2’s Long An ahead of the new season.
Signed on a two-year deal, Lâm, 25, formerly played for the Việt Nam U23 team alongside many of his new teammates.
The signing may so some way to improving HAGL’s putrid defence, which shipped the most goals in the league last season at 53. The side finished 10th out of 14 teams with 31 points.
Lâm, who was born in HCM City, has played for Long An since 2013. Long An dropped into the national first division football tournament last year after finishing bottom of the top division.
“It is the first time I left Long An to compete for the mountainous football team HAGL who receive supports of fans nationwide so I am new to the surroundings and I have a little bit of pressure,” said Lâm.
“However, I will try my best in my return the national top flight league. I also try to fall in line with my new squad to compete better,” Lâm added.
HAGL’s manager Nguyễn Tấn Anh expressed confidence Lâm will help bolster his side’s defence.
Anh also revealed that HAGL are seeking one more midfielder to pair with Lâm.
Lâm will join HAGL on November 20, before HAGL’s upcoming friendly with Bình Dương. — VNS