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Crewe Alexandra have signed young Fulham striker Lauri Dalla Valle on a further month’s loan at Gresty Road.

The 21-year-old Finn, who has hit four goals in as many games, is now signed up to stay until mid-January – as cover for injured striker AJ Leitch-Smith.

“He’s done very well for us, has scored goals and he deserves to stay,” Crewe boss Steve Davis. “We’re delighted to keep him, he’s delighted to stay and it gives us time so we don’t have to rush AJ back.”

Dalla Valle, 21, who has also had loan spells with Exeter City, Dundee United and Bournemouth, was on Liverpool’s books as a teenager.

But he was sold to Fulham in the summer of 2010 by Roy Hodgson in the part-exchange deal that took Paul Konchesky to Anfield.