Ambitious South China convenor Steven Lo Kit-sing said yesterday he was prepared spend heavily to secure three players from top-flight Brazilian and European clubs to help his side reach the AFC Champions League next year. Speaking after the Caroliners' first practice session since returning from a three-week training stint in Pusan, South Korea, Lo said: 'I have contacts with overseas clubs such as English Premier League side Tottenham, Internacional of Brazil and Portuguese Super League champions Benfica and they are all willing to give me a hand if requested.' South China would have to at least reach the final of the second-tier AFC Cup to get into the qualifying rounds of the elite AFC Champions League. 'Winning the AFC Cup remains our biggest immediate goal as we intend to become the first Hong Kong team to reach the Champions League. 'I would have no hesitation in replacing our four existing foreign players if they fail to live up to expectations,' Lo said. South China have failed in all three of their attempts under Lo's tenure to play in the Champions League, their best effort being losing semi-finalists in the AFC Cup last year. The Caroliners have kept two of their Brazilian strikers from last season - Tales Schutz and Wellingsson de Souza - while striker Leandro Silva returned to Hong Kong after leaving the club earlier this year. Centre half William Alves, who played for Brazilian top-flight side Corinthians two seasons ago, is the only new face for the new season. Lo said he had little complaint about his overseas players at this stage, but it did not mean he would not change them later on. 'They all worked hard during the training camp in Pusan and impressed the coaching staff, but if they cannot perform in the new season, they have to give the opportunity to the better players.' Lo said this had been the best pre-season training since he took charge of South China in 2006. 'The players have benefited a lot from the training camp and the team are tactically and technically prepared for the new season,' he said. 'But we will not stop here as we are preparing for the AFC Cup in March next year.'