Carlisle United have made a fresh financial offer to Rotherham in a further bid to secure Jerry Yates on loan, the News & Star understands.

The Blues are still not giving up hope of bringing the striker back to Brunton Park ahead of the 11pm transfer deadline.

United appear to be doing all they can to try and persuade the Millers to allow Yates to return for the rest of the season.

The decision rests with the Championship club, who have so far been reluctant to let Yates back out until they could bring in a striker themselves.

Carlisle are willing to go down to the wire in their attempt to land the 22-year-old.

Manager Steven Pressley said earlier tonight that United were "monitoring" the Yates situation in hte final hours of the window.

The Blues boss, who earlier tonight sealed the signing of St Johnstone midfielder Stefan Scougall, also suggested Carlisle could still move for another target.

He said United may look to "bolster in a slightly different area" if the move for striker Yates didn't come off.

Rotherham boss Paul Warne earlier told his own club's website that he had missed out on some targets.

He said he was still "hopeful" of adding to his squad but added: “Some of the ones that I wanted that I thought would buy into what we've got and play the way that we want to play have been cherry picked by other clubs.

"Unfortunately we've lost a few battles here and there but I think if it's meant to be, it's meant to be."

Yates is believed to be keen to return to United and help the Cumbrians' promotion push.

Warne, though, said players would only leave if the Millers could make additions.

"If that isn't the case then they'll stay for the benefit of everyone, which is fine and they understand that," Warne said.

"I've been really open and transparent with the lads and I spoke to them again this morning as a group and explained what I was looking to bring in and why.”

There remains no sign, meanwhile, of any players leaving Carlisle before the 11pm cut-off.