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Former Premier League striker Bothroyd signs £5m deal with Thai club

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By Stephen Sharman

Thursday 09 January 2014

Former QPR and Arsenal striker Jay Bothroyd is set to sign for Thai club Muanthong United in a lucrative £5 million deal, reports the Daily Mirror.

Jay Bothroyd playing for England

The 31-year-old forward, who has one cap for England, will be given a two year tax-free contract in a bid to help expand the country’s evolving Premier League.

The deal will also see Bothroyd help Muanthong progress in the Asian Champions League as well as promote football in the country.

Speaking to Mirror Sport, Bothroyd said: “It’s an unbelievably exciting opportunity, first and foremost I want to repay the faith paid in me by playing well for the club and fans.

“Along with the playing side I will be working with the club to promote the team and league on a global basis and that is something I am going to love doing.’

He added: “Thailand is a beautiful country and football is the national sport here, the passion and interest in football is just amazing, it’s been quite overwhelming the reception I have received here.”

Bothroyd had been on trial at the club, and having impressed during a recent friendly in front of 50,000 fans, will sign the deal which includes a lucrative image rights package.

He has been without a club since his release by QPR in the summer, having spent two seasons at Loftus Road, where he scored just five goals in 31 appearances for the club.

Muanthong, who recently appointed Englishman Scott Cooper as manager, finished second in the Thai Premier League in last year.

Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler also spent time at the Thai club, as a player/manager back in 2011.

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