Carlisle United have had a dramatic late attempt to sign Ashley Nadesan knocked back by Fleetwood.

The Blues made what director of football David Holdsworth described as a "significant offer" for the former loan striker.

But United were told by the League One club that they want to retain him for the foreseeable future.

Nadesan has started Fleetwood's last four games after returning from a half-season loan in Cumbria.

United's hopes of re-signing him this month dwindled as Cod Army boss Joey Barton stressed the frontman - who is out of contract this summer - was part of his plans.

Sources in Lancashire told the News & Star the Blues then returned with a bid today ahead of the transfer deadline.

Holdsworth confirmed United had explored the possibilty of signing the 24-year-old. He said: "We made a significant bid to bring Ashley back to the club.

"Fleetwood decided they want to keep him for the foreseeable future.

"We did ask the question and would again in the future should Ashley become available."