Manager Steven Pressley is hopeful of another Carlisle United signing in the near future as he waits for a response from a midfield target.

After the double capture of defender Aaron Hayden and loan striker Olufela Olomola yesterday, the Blues boss expects an answer from a loan player on whether he would join United today, too, ahead of their League Two opener against Crawley this Saturday.

"There is a midfield player, who was always a target of ours, he said he would give me an answer today," Pressley said at today's press conference.

"He was a player that, initially, we targeted but we thought it wasn’t going to happen. But then, it resurfaced, and we should get an answer on that today.

"That’s the one we are closest on at this moment in time.

"Whether anything else changes over the next couple of days, I don’t know. But, certainly, with the midfielder, we will know one way or another today if that is going to happen."

But when asked if he could name the player, Pressley said: “No, just purely out of respect to the [parent] club. He will be a loan player.”

He added: “It’s more of a defensive midfield player.

“He’s actually a different type of midfield player. He can actually play in a number of different positions in midfield, of course.

“But he is a different type to what we have. It’s been important in our recruitment that we do that. That we have different options for different games.”

Last month, Pressley said he had pinpointed a young Championship striker who will be their main frontman in their 2019/20 season, but former Scotland centre-half Pressley admitted he is still playing a waiting game on that particular deal.

“The latest is we are still waiting on that same player if truth be told,” he added.

“It’s like them all, there are no guarantees. The club really would like the player to come here, but the player also has to want to come here.

"We are just in a situation where we are having to wait on that.”

Meanwhile, on recent addition Olomola, who has joined Carlisle on a season-long loan from Scunthorpe, Pressley said: “He is a really interesting player.

“One of the things we have looked at in our recruitment is finding players who have had good periods in their careers, who are young and hungry, but also have had indifferent periods.

“That, in itself, allows us to bring them here. If they are always having good periods, the likelihood they are not coming to League Two in England and up to the north in Carlisle.

“So, we have to find the right players. He has proven in this league that in the right environment when he is at he can score goals.

"He scored seven goals in 18 starts for Yeovil which is a very good return.”