Torquay United confirm Crawley's approach for Eunan O'Kane
Crawley Town, who pipped Torquay United to promotion from npower League Two last season, have made a firm offer for the Gulls' midfielder Eunan O'Kane.
New Crawley manager Sean O'Driscoll has confirmed his interest in the former Everton youngster, 21, and United have admitted that they have received a bid from the Sussex club.
The figure being touted is £175,000, which is believed to coincide with a 'release' clause in the contract which O'Kane signed midway through last season.
O'Kane's current deal runs for another two years, but he is allowed to talk to higher division clubs who match the 'release' valuation.
The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international is abroad on holiday. He is due to return early next week and United officials, who have declined to comment beyond confirming Crawley's approach, have indicated that the proverbial ball is now in O'Kane's court.
O'Kane scored the winner in Torquay's 1-0 victory over Crawley in March. O'Driscoll revealed: "We've put in an offer for Eunan, but he's away on holiday. I think he's back next Monday, and he's due to come down.
"Eunan is attractive because of his age and the fact we can develop him. As a character, he ticks a few boxes for me," the Town boss added. "He's bright, and did really well last year in an unfashionable Torquay side."
England Under-18 international forward Nick Powell, who helped Crewe Alexandra win the League Two play-off final last month, has agreed to join Manchester United on a four-year deal. The Red Devils have been monitoring Powell for some time, and have beaten off interest from Everton to sign him.