John Sheridan says he has offered two transfer targets the chance to join Carlisle United’s play-off push.

The manager, whose side climbed to seventh after a fifth straight win at Morecambe, also said the Blues would do all they could to bring back Jerry Yates.

Sheridan’s focus is on the front of his team after Rotherham recalled Yates and with Ashley Nadesan looking likely to leave after next weekend’s game against Mansfield.

The Blues coped well without Yates as superb goals from Jamie Devitt and Jack Sowerby secured their latest victory in front of a 1,784 travelling support.

Asked about his hunt for additions, Sheridan said: “We’ve made an offer to a couple of players and hopefully we can get them.

“I want it happening before next week if we can do it.”

Yates was an unused sub for Rotherham against Preston after the Millers recalled him due to injuries, suspensions and the loss of their own loan players.

Should he make an appearance for the Championship side in their coming games it could yet boost United’s hopes of a return, as players cannot play for three sides in the same season.

Sheridan said United would deal with the situation either way. “As a manager I know what the script is about,” he said.

“When you’ve got a player who’s doing well and on loan, it’s up to his parent club.

“I respect Rotherham for letting us have him in the first place. Jerry’s played a big part because he’s worked his socks off for the team and got his rewards with goals.

“Hopefully there might still be something at the end of the line with Jerry. I know he wants to stay here and come back.

“I know Warney [Paul Warne, Rotherham boss] and if we can get him back we’ll try our hardest. But he’s Rotherham’s player.”

Sheridan added: “I’ve got to make sure we’re strong in all departments with players. If players go - and one or two are leaving - we need to be strong and ready for the next couple of games.”

Sheridan is also set to speak to Adam Campbell, whose loan is up tomorrow, adding that director of football David Holdsworth was handling contract negotiations with defender Anthony Gerrard.

The manager, meanwhile, was impressed with his side’s display against Morecambe.

“It’s a brilliant result on a tricky pitch,” he said.

“It’s always difficult in a derby game. Morecambe make life difficult for you but I thought we controlled the game really well.

“We scored two great goals – you won’t see two better. Derby games are all about the supporters and we had brilliant support. We probably would have brought more if we could.

“Morecambe had a good chance in the first minute, when we switched off, but other than that I don’t think they troubled us and Adam [Collin] was quite comfortable with what he had to do.”

Sheridan also said he was delighted for United’s fans after the bumper turn-out in Lancashire.

“I’m chuffed to bits for them,” he said.

“We brought so many and probably would have brought more if we could.

“It’s brilliant for us to put on a good performance and a really good result to go with it.”

Some fans unveiled a banner shortly after Devitt’s opener which was critical of chief executive Nigel Clibbens.

The banner also referenced a recent tweet posted by the director which he claimed was the result of a hack.