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Monday, 28 July 2014

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Carlisle United boss Abbott wants cash from Madden’s sale

Greg Abbott will ask for the proceeds of Paddy Madden’s sale to Yeovil to help bolster his Carlisle United squad this month.

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Sold: Paddy Madden

The Blues manager has been reassured that he will be backed in the transfer-market despite United’s financial struggles.

Madden’s departure for an undisclosed fee – believed to be a five-figure sum – is set to be completed after the clubs went public on the deal last night.

The Irish striker had been on loan at Huish Park and yesterday scored his eighth and ninth goals for Gary Johnson’s side in their 3-0 win against Leyton Orient.

Abbott has long been convinced that a permanent move for Madden was the best solution for all parties despite his impressive form over 15 games for the ninth-placed Somerset outfit.

Both he and United have been anticipating the completion of the transfer for several weeks and the fee will be seen as timely at Brunton Park.

The Carlisle boss’s top target in the transfer window is Joe Garner, but he is also eyeing defenders, and will now step up his search for new blood.

Madden, meanwhile, has agreed a two-and-a-half year deal with his new club, who are eight places above Carlisle in League One.

Their manager Gary Johnson revealed the deal after their Orient victory, and in a statement United later said a sell-on clause had been inserted into Madden’s contract with the Glovers.

He had only scored twice in 35 appearances for the Cumbrians since joining from Bohemians in January 2011.

But the 22-year-old hit a hot streak for Johnson’s side, with the Yeovil boss delighted to have captured the Republic of Ireland Under-21 international.

Johnson said: “We spotted his potential early on and felt that we would try and broker a deal for him to come here full-time. That is what we have done. The paperwork has been agreed and Paddy Madden is a Yeovil Town player. From day one he always was.”

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