Barnsley yet to bid for Dempsey

Keith Curle in 2012
Image: Keith Curle: No bid yet

Carlisle have yet to receive an official bid from Barnsley for teenage striker Kyle Dempsey.

The Cumbrians confirmed on Monday that Barnsley had made an enquiry about the 19-year-old, but had not yet followed it up.

"It was a representative from Barnsley who contacted (managing director) John Nixon about Kyle Dempsey and they were asked to make it official," manager Keith Curle told a press conference.

"As of yet we've received nothing. With Kyle and Brad (Potts) I see both of those lads plying their trade in the Championship.

"That could happen for them very quickly but I'll keep telling them that it has to be right for them and the club.

"They're getting football here. At this stage of their career that's exactly what they need."

Dempsey has scored five goals in 17 appearances this season after making the first-team breakthrough as a substitute last season.

He made his first start in the Capital One Cup loss to Derby in August and his full debut in the defeat at Wycombe seven days later.

"There will always be interest when you have young players playing week in and week out," Curle added.

"We're not going to hide them away. We want to give them the platform to play on."

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