China captain Fan Zhiyi will be given another chance to carve out a career in English football later this week when he arrives at First Division outfit Crystal Palace for trials. Centre-half Fan - who has already had trials with Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur this year - has been invited to the south London club for a try-out and will travel to London tomorrow. Fan, who led China in a 5-0 rout of the Eagles during their short tour of Britain last year, will undergo the two-week trial along with international teammate Sun Jihai . Both men were recommended to Palace manager Terry Venables by China's former technical adviser Ted Buxton. Buxton was Venables' assistant during the former Spurs manager's time in charge of the England team. Press reports in England claimed Palace were on the brink of signing each player for fees of GBP500,000 each. A report in the Chinese Xinmin Sports Weekly also said Fan was expected to sign for Palace, who were relegated from the Premier League last season. One English report said Venables was 'excited' by both players. 'My assistant Ted Buxton worked with them when he ran the Chinese national team and sent the skipper to Spurs for a trial run,' Venables was quoted as saying. 'Everyone there was saying how good a player he was. But no one did anything about it so we crept in,' Venables reportedly added. Venables was unavailable for comment yesterday. A Crystal Palace spokesman played down speculation that a transfer deal was imminent. 'I think it's stretching it a bit far to say they are on the brink of signing,' Crystal Palace press officer Terry Byfield told Sports Post. 'At the moment all we can really say is that they will be coming here for a trial that starts on Thursday. I don't think we can add much more than that at this stage.' Fan, of Shanghai Shenhua in China's First Division, is widely regarded as one of the best players in Asia. Fan's fellow Palace triallist, Dalian Wanda's Sun, is a versatile left-sided player comfortable in either defence or midfield. Meanwhile, Beijing Guoan forward Yang Chen has signed a one-year contract with Bundesliga side Frankfurt.