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Keith Curle hints at busy transfer activity for Carlisle United

Will Curle find the right formula at Carlisle with some fresh faces?


Carlisle United may be sitting at the wrong end of the League Two table but manager Keith Curle is hopeful of turning things around and has hinted at some frenetic transfer activity in the next week or two.

United have been having a tough time of things in League Two. A 1-0 win at Morecambe on Boxing Day could easily have been a sign of improvement for the new year, however this result was followed by defeats to York City and Newport County and Curle will need to investigate all possible options should he wish to avoid leading his side into the Conference.

The Cumbrians suffered relegation from League One at the end of last season and many expected the club to make a swift return to the third tier of English football at the first attempt. This hasn’t proven to be the case and the side now sit a mere two points above the relegation zone.

Curle has hinted that there may be a flurry of activity in the transfer market soon, forward Derek Asamoah linked with a possible move away from Brunton Park.

“We’ve had little bits and pieces of interest in our players,” the Carlisle manager informed the official CUFC website.

“That is something that we will follow up on over the next few days. I’m not forcing any players out, but if a player hasn’t been getting the game time he needs it is definitely something he needs to think about.”

As regards Derek Assamoah, Curle continued, “We’re still discussing things with Derek Assamoah this morning.

“He’s been able to show us what he can do, particularly when he first came into the club, and we need him to recapture that.

“We will revisit the other contract issues we have once we get through what is going to be a busy period.”

Curle was somewhat tight lipped regarding any possible interest in Francois Zoko, a player which Curle worked closely with whilst at his previous club Notts County.

“I’ve also seen the other side of him as well, where he isn’t as effective. However, his name was mentioned in the offices last week but it isn’t something I’ve visited since.”