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Thursday, 17 April 2014

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Arsenal winger in Carlisle United's sights

Arsenal flier Sanchez Watt is understood to be on Greg Abbott’s radar as the Carlisle United manager continues his search for new talent.

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Sanchez Watt

The 21-year-old Gunner has been earmarked for a move to Brunton Park according to sources in London.

United are staying tight-lipped on their transfer plans and declined to comment on whether England Under-19 international Watt was on his way to the club.

But it is believed the former Leeds loanee is among manager Abbott’s targets as the United boss bids to add an attacking player to his squad.

The Blues manager said on Thursday that talks were ongoing about a permanent deal for an unnamed player who was at a higher level than the Cumbrians.

Abbott said he was “quite a way down the line” with one of three targets and had been hoping for a breakthrough before today’s League One opener at Stevenage.

His top transfer priority is to recruit a match-turning forward player to replace the unpredictable Francois Zoko, and Watt would appear to fit that bill.

Watt, who ended last season on loan with Crawley in League Two, does not appear to have a long-term future with the star-studded Gunners after failing to push through into Arsene Wenger’s first-team plans.

He has clocked up loan spells at Southend, Sheffield Wednesday, Leeds and Crawley since 2009, after scoring on his Arsenal debut in a Carling Cup win against West Brom.

The Hackney-born player, who can operate wide or up front, has made just three senior outings for the Gunners after coming through their academy, but his loan games have taken his career appearance tally to 59, with five goals.

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