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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Carlisle Utd plan two new signings this week

Carlisle United boss Greg Abbott is back at his desk and trying to push through two new signings for the Blues this week.

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Greg Abbott

A move for Gateshead’s Josh Gillies remains top of the agenda and United finally hope to conclude a deal in the coming days.

And Abbott, who is back from holiday, is understood to be targeting another speedy wide player who has League One experience.

The Cumbrians’ manager is desperate to make the first summer additions to a squad which has been massively depleted since the end of last season.

With seven players released and Lee Miller still looking likely to find a new club, there are several gaps for Abbott to fill with pre-season just three weeks away.

Having already confirmed publicly that Gillies is one of the men he has been monitoring, it is expected Carlisle will push through a deal for the England C international now the manager is back at work.

The Blues will have to pay compensation for the wide player as he is under 24, but it is understood this is not regarded as a major stumbling block by the Brunton Park club.

“He’s fast, creative and has an eye for goal, and he’s one of those players from that level who could be worth a calculated gamble,” Abbott recently said of the Gateshead man.

Attacking players remain the top priority as the Blues manager bids to add pace to his squad for the 2013/14 season.

And News & Star Sport understands the second player being targeted also fits the profile of young, pacy players who can inject some flair into the United team.

The man in question is believed to have been released by one of the Cumbrians’ League One rivals at the end of last term.

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