STEVE Davis admits he’s tempted to thrash out a long-term deal to keep loan sensation Lauri Dalla Valle at the Alexandra Stadium.

The Finnish Under-21 international has played a huge part in Crewe’s upturn in form over recent weeks.

LDV struck twice in a four-minute second-half blitz to sink free-falling Crawley Town and lift the Alex towards mid-table, last Saturday.

That’s four goals in five games for the striker who comes to the end of his loan spell from Fulham next weekend.

“Lauri came with that tag of having potential and he’s lived up to it,” said Davis.

“He works tirelessly to get opportunities in a game and wears centre-halves out because he doesn’t stop running.

“He’s got that instinct that good goal scorers have.

“We have Max (Clayton) back and AJ (Leitch-Smith) is getting close.

“But he sounds keen to be here beyond his initial loan so we’ll sit down and look at the options.”

Dalla Valle and new loan recruit Brad Inman have permission to play in both Saturday’s FA Cup second round tie against Burton and the JPT clash with Doncaster (Tuesday).

The 20-year-old midfielder made the bench against Crawley after arriving from Newcastle for a one-month stint.

Davis believes Crewe face a tough prospect facing League Two Albion with former Alex players Calvin Zola and Lee Bell within their ranks.

“I’m sure they’re relishing the opportunity to play against us,” he added.

“Burton are in a good position in the league and had a good season under Gary (Rowett).

“It’s not going to be a walk over, they’re a team that have had good results with dangerous players.

“But we want to progress and give ourselves the chance of drawing a big club in the third round.

“I’ll put out the strongest team I can to win both games.”

Kelvin Mellor and Leitch-Smith are unlikely to figure in either game at the Alexandra Stadium although Michael West (calf) could after returning to full training.

Meanwhile Davis is confident the future of keeper Alan Martin and his own will be resolved imminently.

The in-form stopper’s six-month deal expires at the end of December “I’ve spoke to Alan’s agent who came back with a different offer but don’t think there will be too many problems,” he continued.

“Alan has been playing very well and it’s up to him to secure his future.

“Mine’s close and it’s now with the solicitor.

“It's just a question of looking over it and putting pen to paper which I'm very pleased about."