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China's answer to Peter Crouch!

india Updated: Oct 13, 2006 17:21 IST
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A six foot nine inch (2.06 metre) teenager touted as China's answer to Liverpool and England frontman Peter Crouch has been handed a month-long trial with Premiership side Bolton Wanderers.

Yang Changpeng, 17, is seen as one of China's finest prospects and will join Sam Allardyce's club for a trial at their academy along with midfielder Zhou Liaota. The date has yet to be decided.

"Yang is arguably the tallest professional footballer in the world at 6ft 9ins and has represented China at under-20 level. He is a strong target man who plays in a similar style and role to Peter Crouch," Bolton said on its website.

"Zhou is a strong midfielder with excellent presence on the field. He has represented China at all junior levels."

The opportunity for Yang and Zhou follows Bolton's link-up with Chinese Super League club Wuhan earlier this year.

The agreement will see Bolton assist with the development of grassroots football in Wuhan's catchment area through player and coach-exchange programs, while giving the English side access to cheap potential new talent

"We always dream of this moment and the wait appears to be over," said Yang.

"It is very exciting. It will be a learning experience but we will strive to the best of our abilities."

China has long been regarded as the next big market for football and several English clubs have made inroads into the country with deals similar to Bolton's agreement with Wuhan.

Chinese players have already featured in the Premiership, with defender Sun Jihai currently at Manchester City while midfielder Li Tie has played for Bolton's north-west rivals Everton.

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