reds in o'kane swoop
SEAN O'Driscoll has confirmed Crawley Town have made an offer for Torquay's Eunan O'Kane.
The 21-year-old attacking midfielder has a clause in his contract that means he can talk to other clubs who offer £175,000.
The Crawley News understands Crystal Palace watched the player last season, while there has also been an enquiry from Swindon Town.
Reds boss O'Driscoll is leading the race for the player and confirmed Town had made a bid.
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"We've put in an offer for Eunan and he is away on holiday," he said. "He's 21, a good age, bright and he did fantastic last season under Martin Ling."
O'Kane scored the winner against Crawley in March at the Broadfield on the way to the Gulls making the play-offs.
He played a big part in their season, having begun to establish himself in 2010-11.
The former Everton trainee has played for Republic of Ireland U21s and has two years left on his deal at Plainmoor.
O'Driscoll said: "They have got one or two players there that you would imagine clubs in higher divisions are looking at.
"Eunan is attractive because of his age and the fact we can develop him.
"He hopefully will see it as a step to eventually playing in the Premier League.
"That's what he wants, so the next step is to play in League One and then the Championship in a structured career and we can be part of it."
O'Driscoll believes if the player's "character" is right he can achieve that dream - and that trait was most important in players.
"I've got an opinion on their ability but I would like to know more about their characters," he said of a squad he largely inherited. "This group of players seems to have a good spirit and that's probably the most important thing. We want to add to that."
Meanwhile, O'Driscoll says "nobody has rung me" about Kyle McFadzean, about whom there has been much speculation since Peterborough had a January bid for the defender rejected.
The defender has a year left on his contract but is negotiating a longer deal. O'Driscoll said: "At this moment I want to keep hold of everyone."