Abbott targets Clayton deal
Greg Abbott has revealed he wants to sign Manchester City midfielder Adam Clayton on a permanent basis.
Last Updated: 12/05/10 9:08pm
Carlisle manager Greg Abbott has revealed he wants to sign Manchester City midfielder Adam Clayton on a permanent basis.
The 21-year-old has just concluded a successful loan spell with the Cumbrians in which he made 36 appearances and scored three goals.
Clayton has attracted interest from Championship clubs but Abbott believes the player is within Carlisle's price range.
He told the News & Star: "I have an idea what it would cost us and that would be okay. First I need to speak to Manchester City to find out what their thoughts are. Then I will speak to his agent and then the player himself.
"Adam is keen, but he will look at his options. He has done well enough here to have attracted attention from elsewhere.
"He has got to be playing every week and that might stand in our favour, as he might not play every week at a Championship club.
"We have to give Manchester City massive respect. They might see him as part of their first-team plans.
"If not, we have to see where we lie in the pecking order. If they gave us the go-ahead I would do it this afternoon."