South China are pushing ahead with plans to acquire an English Premier League player as they prepare for another assault on the AFC Cup. Earlier this week, South Korean international Seol Ki-hyeon, who had been on Fulham's books, came close to agreeing terms before turning them down, but convenor Steven Lo Kit-sing admitted they were searching for another player from the Premier League. 'We are still in discussions with Fulham, Blackburn Rovers and Hull City,' said Lo, after watching his side scrape through to a 1-0 win over Tai Po in the BMA First Division at Hong Kong Stadium yesterday. 'We are still hoping to get a top-class overseas player next week, or it will be too late to complete the deal before the transfer window closes this month.' Lo was confident the high cost of such a player could be offset by income earned through three AFC Cup home matches. 'Assuming we pay the player about HK$1 million a month, with a total HK$6 million to the end of the season, we can get the money back through the extra gate receipts because of greater numbers of fans watch a star in action.' In October, 37,000 fans turned up to watch the Caroliners' AFC Cup semi-final match against Kuwait Sport Club, which brought a revenue of HK$1.99 million. Meanwhile, Lo said it was too early to comment on the performance of new signing Leonardo da Silva, who scored the only goal (56th minute) on his debut yesterday. 'He just played one match and immediately showed his scoring skills,' said Lo. 'But we still need more time to observe him before he blends in with the rest of the team.' South China regained the lead in the table after the victory and Lo is confident of claiming the championship for the fourth season in a row. 'We are still the front-runners because of the overall quality of our players. But many teams have improved a lot on their fitness side, making it difficult for us. 'Tai Po are a good example; they played extremely well to hold us until we managed the chance to score.' Last night, Happy Valley were held to a 1-1 draw by Tai Chung at Kowloon Park Bay.