Crewe Alexandra: Steve Davis ponders loan move for MK Dons man Ryan Lowe
FORMER Alex goal-poacher Ryan Lowe is being sized up for a return to Gresty Road.
The 34-year-old joined Crewe's League One rivals MK Dons in the summer, but has been frustrated that 11 of his 17 appearances have come from the bench.
Steve Davis has been told the striker is available for loan and is now weighing up whether to follow up his tentative interest with a call to Dons' boss Karl Robinson.
A proposed move to Tranmere has already fallen through and Lowe has turned down a switch to Rotherham.
Another of his old clubs, Bury, want him but he is thought to be interested in a move to South Cheshire and seems to be a suitable answer to Davis's need for more firepower.
Ajay Leitch-Smith (ankle ligament damage) will be out for at least two weeks and Max Clayton (groin) is facing a race against time to be fit for Saturday's FA Cup tie against Wycombe.
Manager Davis said: "Ryan has a wealth of experience in League One and above. He's a poacher if you can call it that.
"He's been prolific over the years and scored a number of goals in this division. He found it a bit difficult in the Championship, but still scored some crucial goals for Sheffield Wednesday as a sub.
"He will want to be playing and scoring goals no different from anyone else at his age.
"I was told one or two weeks ago that he might be available depending on his involvement but talking about other club's players is unfair. I would have to talk to Karl Robinson."
Lowe found the net 17 times in 74 outings for Crewe over two years from 2006 then showed hot form at Chester and Bury before moving to Wednesday and onto his present home.
But the Scouser is not the only man to alert the army of scouts currently in full deployment for the Railwaymen – and attracting a holding midfielder and winger is also on the Alex's agenda.
Davis said: "The majority of players we are looking at wouldn't be available for Saturday because clubs won't want them cup tied, but it would be ideal to bring them into the group to get them working with our players.
"Managers and agents know what we are after, so if we can do something before Tuesday (a league match at Doncaster) we will."