Colorado Rapids are in talks with Crewe Alexandre captain Julien Baudet. Rapids coach Gary Smith has already told French defender Baudet of the deal they are prepared to offer him when he becomes a free agent in the summer.

But Crewe manager Gudjon Thordarson is hoping to persuade Baudet to remain at the Alexandra Stadium to be part of the transformation he wants to see take shape next season.

"Julien wanted to see what was going to happen with me here and now I have to see what I can do," explained Thordarson.

"He has been offered an attractive contract in the United States, so we have to sit down and see what we can do about it."