Carlisle United added Stefan Scougall and failed with late attempts to bring back Jerry Yates and Ashley Nadesan on a dramatic deadline day at Brunton Park.

The Cumbrians also held onto star man Jamie Devitt for the rest of their promotion push as the window closed at 11pm.

Former St Johnstone midfielder Scougall’s arrival on a deal to the end of the season proved the only piece of business at the club on Thursday.

There were, though, fresh last-ditch moves to try and get former loan strikers Yates and Nadesan back to the club.

It is understood Carlisle made a new financial offer in a bid to secure long-time target Yates’ loan return from Rotherham.

The Millers, though, would not budge on the striker as they failed to sign a frontman of their own that could have seen Yates then allowed back to Cumbria.

Carlisle also tested the water with Fleetwood over Nadesan, who – like Yates – spent the first half of the season at Brunton Park.

After sources in Lancashire told the News & Star the Blues had returned to the League One club with a bid, United director of football David Holdsworth confirmed they had tried to sign Nadesan.

"We made a significant bid to bring Ashley back to the club,” he said.

"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."

Their hopes of bringing Yates back were also dashed, with a number of possible alternative strikers also proving out of reach as deadline day unfolded.

There was better news, though, with their capture of Scougall, who arrived at Brunton Park earlier in the day to sign a deal until the end of the season.

That followed the Scot having agreed to terminate his contract at St Johnstone.

Manager Steven Pressley said the ex-Sheffield United man was a “high energy and very creative” player.

His arrival meant the window closed with Carlisle having made seven January signings – Connor Simpson, Arthur Gnahoua and, this week, Mark Cullen, Peter Grant, Callum O’Hare, Nathan Thomas and Scougall.

All of this week’s additions except Cullen, who is two weeks from full fitness, will be in the frame for debuts in Saturday’s trip to Crewe.

Departing this winter were loanees Nadesan, Yates, Jack Sowerby and Adam Campbell, with Richie Bennett moving to Morecambe on loan.

There were no other departures despite the Blues having last month told Gary Miller, George Glendon and Mike Jones they could leave if they attracted an offer suitable for all parties.

Pressley has since offered the players a clean slate since taking charge.

The Blues are fifth in League Two after a run of eight wins in their last nine games.