CARLISLE IN BAT­TLE TO KEEP CHAR­LIE

The Football League Paper - - FA CUP FOURTH ROUND - By Ben Baker

CARLISLE chief ex­ec­u­tive Nigel Clibbens in­sists the Cum­bri­ans have no de­sire to see star striker Char­lie Wyke leave the club this month.

Ahead of yes­ter­day’s game with Bar­net, 24-yearold Wyke has had a fine sea­son in front of goal, scor­ing 17 goals in 33 games, in­clud­ing 12 in the pre­vi­ous 15 games.

That form has led to ru­moured in­ter­est from other clubs, with Brad­ford City un­der­stood to have trig­gered a re­lease clause in the striker’s con­tract with a £250,000 bid.

But, while Clibbens be­lieves Wyke has what it takes to play at a higher level, he is hope­ful his hit­man will stick around for a lit­tle longer yet.

“We are do­ing ev­ery­thing we can to keep Char­lie at this club,” Clibbens said.

“In terms of his fu­ture, we be­lieve he is a player who will score goals at Cham­pi­onship level, at the very least. We know there is in­ter­est from other clubs and we know they share that opin­ion.

“Char­lie knows we want him to stay, but equally it is dif­fi­cult to re­tain a player who is set on leav­ing.

“We’ve all seen in the past that play­ers can be­come un­set­tled.

“As I say, the player knows what we think of him and we hope to con­tinue to see him play­ing in blue.”

GOALS: Char­lie Wyke

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