Rovers are understood to be among the clubs taking a look at non-league striker Joe Malkin.

The 21-year-old is currently with Evo-Stik Premier Division side Nantwich Town and scored 11 goals in 2018/19.

Rovers are looking for attacking options to supplement their Under-23s side with Joe Nuttall having graduated to the first team and Lewis Mansell leaving the club this summer.

They signed Mitchel Candlin last summer from Walsall on loan, with a view to buy, but he returned to the Saddlers in January after failing to make an impact for Damien Johnson’s side.

That leaves Jack Vale as the only central striking option within the Under-23s side.

Malkin was named Evo-Stik Premier young player of the year and has caught the eye with some energetic displays.

He joined the Dabbers on non-contract terms last summer but has since been tied down to a two year deal, which includes an option for a further two years.

But Nantwich Director of football Clive Jackson said the Cheshire club are prepared to field bids this summer for Malkin, son of former Tranmere striker Chris, with interest from both Championship and League One sides.

He told the Crewe Chronicle: “It's not a surprise there are clubs looking at Joe.

"We signed him from Cammell Laird and he's taken the jump in standard completely in his stride. He's still only 21 and he's physically managing very well, he's not being bullied in what is a physical league.

"He has shown great enthusiasm to learn, the coaches say he's a pleasure to work with, and he's a great lad to have around.

"Joe has good pedigree because of his dad, and there are clubs in the Championship and League One who have shown an interest.

"We'll support him in whatever way he chooses to develop his career, and we'll be more than happy if he's still with us next season."