The Piataks' takeover of Carlisle United will be completed soon, according to the American family.

The Florida business people have dropped a strong hint that the wait for the deal to be completed will shortly be over.

In the latest social comment issued via their Castle Sports Group company, the Jacksonville family suggested that talks are nearly concluded over a change of control at the Brunton Park club.

They said: "Off to Cambridge for the big match tomorrow after a very positive and productive week in Carlisle!

"Great progress on the overall transaction, should not be long now - will keep all updated - Up the Blues!!!"

The Piataks have been courting United for several months and recent weeks have seen key discussions aimed at sealing the deal.

That has included negotiations over the Blues' £2.6m debt to Purepay Limited, as well as discussions with United's owners, supporters' trust CUOSC and information submitted to the EFL.

The family have attended a number of recent games, including last weekend's trip to Portsmouth and Tuesday's home clash with Burton Albion.

Tom snr and Patty Piatak attended those games, while family members Tom II, Jenna, Alice and Nick were at the earlier Wycombe Wanderers game.

The family have long stressed their confidence and determination to seal a deal to take over United - something which was boosted in September when 98 per cent of CUOSC members voted in favour of their proposals.

At a trust members' meeting ahead of that vote, Tom snr set out the Piataks' plans to invest in United's infrastructure as well as provide manager Paul Simpson with a "step change" budget for the January transfer window.

The family have pledged to be in it for the long-term at Brunton Park, with club chief executive Nigel Clibbens last week saying he had confidence in the Americans' intentions.