Shrews reject Rodgers bid
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Railwaymen made an undisclosed bid for the talented 21-year-old on Tuesday, as boss Dario Gradi was keen to boost his attacking options for the new season.
However, the Gay Meadow club have rejected the Alex's bid for Rodgers, with Shrews manager Jimmy Quinn believed to have put a £1 million valuation on the hit-man.
"I can confirm that we received a private and confidential fax from Crewe yesterday (Tuesday) with an offer for Luke," Shrewsbury Town director Keith Sayfritz told his club's official website.
"We immediately sent a fax back rejecting the offer and this just shows how keen we are to hang on to Luke.
"He is under contract at Shrewsbury Town for the next two years and we will not accept any bid which is not in the best interests of Luke or Shrewsbury Town."
Crewe will likely have to consider its position and decide if it is worth submitting an improved bid for the player but Quinn has already claimed that the deal 'is dead'.
Meanwhile, Gradi has handed a trial to South African goalkeeper Paul Evans as he tries to find cover for number one Clayton Ince.
The former Sheffield Wednesday custodian will spend a fortnight with The Alex, as he tries to impress the Gresty Road club with his abilities.
"The manager wants someone to push Clayton Ince and he does not feel that reserve keeper Ademole Bankole, who has recently asked to go out on loan, did that sufficiently last season," said a Crewe spokesman.
"Dario will have a look at Paul over the next two weeks and we will take it from there."