Crewe haven’t received any bids for any of their homegrown stars, according to manager Dave Artell.

Rovers prised Harry Pickering away from the Gresty Road club in January after meeting his release clause, the left back spending the rest of the season loaned back to the League One club.

He will join up with his new team-mates when pre-season training gets under way later this month, ending his lengthy association with the Alex where he made over 150 appearances.

Pickering won many plaudits during his time with Crewe who won promotion from League Two in 2020 and then established themselves in the third tier last term.

Charlie Kirk is the latest Academy graduate to be linked with a move, as is Owen Dale, with Rovers’ name mentioned in dispatches with both, likely given their scouts have watched Crewe so closely in recent times, with Ryan Wintle another possibility, the midfielder having become a free agent after opting to run down his contract.

Artell says the club haven’t received any offers for any player, including Dale who there has been plenty of speculation about, the 22-year-old scoring 11 goals last season.

Rovers will look to add an attacking option to their ranks this summer, no matter what the outcome of Adam Armstrong’s future, the 28-goal to scorer having been linked with a move away.

The greatest interest in Dale appears to have come from League One sides, though the Crewe boss believes his players have to be targeting Championship moves should they wish to further their careers.

“We have received no offers for any of our players. I have been told that there might be and am aware of speculation but the club hasn’t received anything,” Artell told his club’s website.

“It is like anything. If they submit a bid and it reaches the valuation of the player then we will take it from there. Until that happens, it is pure speculation.”