Sky Sports understands Torquay midfielder Eunan O'Kane has rejected a move to Crawley after holding talks with the League One new-boys.
The Irish youngster had been in discussions with the Reds after they made an approach for his signature.
However, the 21-year-old has decided against a move to the Broadfield Stadium, which is sure to alert other clubs to his availability.
O'Kane scored five goals in 51 appearances for Torquay last season.
The midfielder, who joined the club from Coleraine in 2010, has previously been linked with Rotherham and Swindon.