Sky Sports understands former Brighton winger Andrea Orlandi is keeping his options open as he looks to find a new club
Bastia have signed France Under-21 international Alphonse Areola on loan from Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.
The north west clubs have agreed a fee in the region of £300,000 for the 16-year-old midfielder, who is the latest sought-after name to emerge from Alex's famed youth production line.
Former Anfield stars Rob Jones and Danny Murphy started their careers with the Railwaymen before making the move to Merseyside.
Smith, a member of the Crewe Academy since the age of 11, was set to join Manchester City last month but the deal fell through.