The Hong Kong first division league may be expanded to 10 teams after a mainland brewing company expressed its interest in joining the competition. Martin Lam Chun-ying, General Secretary of the Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA), said yesterday that they were negotiating with Beijing-based brewer Yanjing Beer about the possibility of the company providing a 10th team in the top flight. 'They are interested and talks are still on-going, but signs are positive,' Lam said. 'It's always our target to expand the First Division league in order to make it more competitive.' Should Yanjing join, it would bring the tally of First Division teams next season to 10. It is understood that relegated Fukien, who finished second from the bottom of the table, would apply to stay in the First Division after hearing that a team who earned the right of promotion from the Second Division was considering turning down the opportunity. Hong Kong Football Club finished first in the Second Division this season and will definitely accept promotion. But second-placed Mutual are wavering because of financial considerations. However, Lam said it was too early to say which team would apply to stay or which would turn down promotion. 'So far, we have yet to receive anything official from the teams concerned. Whatever action they are going to take they need to write to us formally before our next board of directors meeting which will take place on June 21 so that we can discuss all these matters at that meeting,' he said. Lam added that should Yanjing a intend to join the league, they also needed to go through the proper procedures. 'We always welcome commercial teams to join the league and there is a set of guidelines already in place,' he said. According to Lam, a newcomer would be asked to join the HKFA as a competition member and would be required to sponsor a cup tournament in the new season. Many firms from China have joined the local league in recent years in an attempt to promote their products here. Sunray Cave and Xiangxue are the two current examples. Sunray Cave's squad is entirely made up of mainland players. The Guangdong-based team finished third from bottom this season.