Carlisle United are hoping to have Mo Sagaf available this weekend after resolving the final stages of the midfielder's signing.

There had initially been fears of a compensation hold-up over the former Braintree midfielder's move after a successful trial spell.

In his press conference yesterday, manager Steven Pressley had said the club were seeking "clarity" on the situation involving Sagaf's former club - as reported in The Cumberland News' print edition this morning.

It has since been confirmed, though, that the matter has been resolved and Sagaf, who signed a one-year deal last weekend, is Carlisle's player.

After checking and confirming the position, the club are now waiting for routine paperwork to clear before the 21-year-old can be added to the squad to face Swindon.

Speaking yesterday afternoon, Pressley said the club were "still waiting on clearance" from the Somalia-born player's previous club Braintree. He added: “There’s a slight problem regarding the hold of compensation on him. It was something that hadn’t been made clear to us by his representatives, and then once the club did the appropriate checks, it became evident there had to be something sorted there."

Pressley said he could not be "100 per cent" certain the situation could be resolved but United have since said the matter had been dealt with.

Confirmation of Sagaf's deal leaves Pressley targeting one more signing to complete his summer squad rebuilding.

That player is a striker, with the United boss hoping yesterday’s transfer deadline for the top two tiers would make clearer whether he can land his top target. “The good thing for us is [the deadline] brings clarity to the situation,” Carlisle’s manager said.

“Based on that, we’ll know whether we get our number one target. If we don’t get him, we’ll see if the other opportunities we have in mind will also drop out.

“If it does happen and our number one target becomes available, I would hope we can move quickly. If it doesn’t, we’ll assess the other options we have and that might take a little bit longer."

Asked if he had received any positive indications from the Championship club concerned, Pressley said: “The club concerned are very positive on ourselves, but until it happens and there’s agreement on everything, we can’t be sure.”

Carlisle and other clubs in Leagues One and Two have until September 2 to make further signings.