David Holdsworth believes more players will come on the radar in the coming week as players lower “excessive” wage demands.

Carlisle United have made just one summer signing so far in the shape of striker Tristan Abrahams.

After suggestions more deals were close, United now appear to be adopting a “patient” approach in the market.

Director of football Holdsworth believes the approach of pre-season training – Carlisle return later this week – will focus certain minds among possible targets.

He said: “I think some clubs have really invested a lot of money so far. From what I hear, the sums bandied around are quite large.

“That’s attracting the sharks, the agents, and they’re trying to earn a living.

“We have to do our work privately, which we will. In the next week or so, more players will become available.

“They’ve been holding out for excessive demands and will have to lower those demands.

“When there’s a realistic point where we can engage, I’ll sit around the table with those players.

“While there’s an agent trying to bump up deals, we’ll just be patient.”

Fans are keen for United to complete more summer business after a number of departures this summer.

While Carlisle have extended the deals of some players, and brought in frontman Abrahams, there are still several gaps to fill.

Holdsworth recently said boss Chris Beech was being “patient” in order to bring in the right players.

He also said of Carlisle’s current numbers: “The fact of the matter is we’ve got a large number of players retained already, which should be celebrated [given] that the year before I had 16 deals to do.

“That’s been a really successful time. On reflection I’m very proud of the work we did there.

“It’s made us have a level playing field now when we’re going into pre-season with an abundance of players who have more knowledge and more experience, young players who’ve had a season at Brunton Park wearing the blue badge – that’s a really good position to be in.”

Holdsworth this week admitted there is interest from other clubs in some of United’s young players.

Holdsworth said: “There is interest in a couple of our young players.

“So far there has been no further dialogue between me and teams that have come in for those players.

“I’m reluctant to do anything with those because I know what their potential will be in the future.”

There is not, though, any sign of serious interest in their contracted senior players, such as star midfielder Callum Guy.

Holdsworth said: “Callum had a very successful season – he grew into it and became a real leader in our team. I really enjoy the way he played his football, and he enjoys it at Brunton Park.”