Cedric Evina has been offered a “very good salary” by Doncaster Rovers, according to Crawley Town boss John Gregory.
Former Arsenal youngster Evina came close to joining Crawley last week.
But the 22-year-old utlity man appeared as a trialist for Doncaster in their 2-0 friendly defeat at Lincoln on Saturday, playing the second half at left back.
Rovers boss Paul Dickov signed Cameroon-born Evina, who is a free agent after leaving Charlton Athletic, while he was in charge at Oldham Athletic.
And, according to Gregory, Evina looks poised to become one of Dickov’s first bits of business of the summer.
Gregory told the Crawley Observer: “He went to Doncaster. They offered him a very good salary that we couldn’t match and we pulled out of that deal.
“I could have signed him on Tuesday and it would have been job done, but I left it the week. Maybe it was supposed to happen.
“I’m a great believer in fate and Doncaster came along and offered him considerably more than we were offering him.
“He is a young boy and I would have done exactly the same in his situation.”