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Sunday, 23 November 2014

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Crawley in shock bid for Carlisle Utd's Brad Potts

Crawley Town have emerged as shock bidders for Carlisle United teenager Brad Potts, News & Star Sport understands.

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Brad Potts is held by Boreham Wood’s Greg Morgan

The Blues’ League One rivals are believed to have declared their interest in the versatile player.

Sources say an offer of £350,000 has been tabled for Potts – who is also on the radar of Championship clubs.

The interest in the 19-year-old raises the possibility of a big-money departure from Brunton Park before the end of the transfer window in 10 days’ time.

The cash-strapped Blues may have to decide whether to cash in on Potts now, hold out until the summer – or simply keep hold of one of their most promising young players.

The Hexham-born Potts, an England Under-19 international, has a year and a half left on his contract with Carlisle.

He has made 24 appearances so far this term at right-back and more recently in midfield.

And there is the possibility of another departure from United with out-of-favour striker Mark Beck wanted by Falkirk.

A loan move to the Scottish Championship until the end of the season, where ex-Carlisle striker Rory Loy has impressed this season, could allow 19-year-Beck the opportunity of first-team football.

United have today insisted that they have received no "official offer or approach" for any players.

Manager Graham Kavanagh, meanwhile, is eager both to add new faces before January 31 and also secure longer loans for Tom Lawrence and Max Ehmer.

The duo can play one more game, against MK Dons next Tuesday, before completing three-month loans. Kavanagh would like to strike fresh deals with Manchester United and QPR to keep their respective players until the end of the campaign.

Have your say

Mike, must have hit a nerve there? you must keep tabs on the celtic nation situation then!
I dont go to see Carlisle because I wouldnt waste my money watching their "football". (Trade description act needed here). Ive been over the years, actually played for them,never again until someone injects some passion and belief into the side.

Posted by stephen on 23 January 2014 at 16:21

Let's face it in reality it's not a Carlisle team it's a team based in Carlisle with hardly a player living in the city. Team bus hardly has a player on it when it leaves Carlisle for an away match

Posted by Realist on 23 January 2014 at 12:24

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