Carlisle Utd boss eyeing two more potential signings

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Blues boss Keith Curle is eyeing two more signings who he feels can give Carlisle a boost for their final eight games.

The manager says he has the chance to assess one of the players early this week, the other having already trained with the squad.

The latest transfer options come after Curle used fans' crowdfunding cash to bring in French forward Junior Joachim.

The 24-year-old made his debut as a second-half sub in the 2-0 defeat at Mansfield.

Curle said he was grateful for the supporters' efforts in raising more than £10,000, some of which was used in the Joachim deal.

He said: "It's a fantastic gesture, and what the fans will appreciate is [the money] has been used for exactly how they wanted it used - helping us bring players in to keep us competitive at the latter stage of the season.

"We're now finding out what the figures are to see if we're able to bring in two more players that can help us.

"One of them we've had a look at, and one of them we've got the opportunity in the early part of the week to find out if he's what we think we need."

United received international clearance from the Luxembourg FA - Joachim's last club was FC Wiltz in the country - to include him in Saturday's squad.

The former Nancy player had been on trial at Carlisle last summer.

It has not been confirmed how much of the supporters' money United have used, but CUOSC - who set up the crowdfunding page - said they were pleased to help the manager.

CUOSC's new representative on the Carlisle holding company board, Billy Atkinson, said: "Back in January, Keith Curle made a suggestion that a crowd boost for the home game versus Barnet could free up enough funds to bring in an extra player or two ahead of the transfer deadline.

"United supporters on TheCumbrians.net forum came up with the idea of a crowdfunding campaign, and together supporters young and old, from all over the world raised in excess of £10,000 for Keith to use on bringing in a new player.

"We were made aware that Keith Curle was targeting another player, and with the Salary Cap Management Protocol in mind, we made the offer to the club to use the donation to fund the deal.

"We wish Junior Joachim, and the rest of the Carlisle United squad the very best of luck for the remainder of the season as they push on to achieve promotion from League Two."

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martin   , Monday, 20 March, 2017 at 9:25AM
Curle is turning into Kavanagh with his player turnover...
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