Carlisle United: Graham Kavanagh targets more signings

Carlisle United manager Graham Kavanagh wants to bring in some new players because his squad "needs more quality".

Last week, Kavanagh signed Manchester United duo Charni Ekangamene and Sam Byrne on loan, and goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis on a short-term contract.

Carlisle slipped to within three points of the League One relegation zone after Saturday's 2-1 defeat by Bristol City.

Busy, busy January

Players in

Conor Townsend, Michael Drennan, Charni Ekangamene, Sam Byrne (all loan) & Dean Bouzanis (free).

Players out

Ben Amos, Max Ehmer, Craig Roddan, Josh Morris, Tom Lawrence (all loan expiries), Prince Buaben, Mark Beck, Danny Livesey (loaned out), Leon McSweeney, Josh Todd, Alex Salmon & Brandon Gwinnutt (all released).

"We have to go back to the recruitment drawing-board because the group need help," Kavanagh told BBC Radio Cumbria.

"I'll keep chipping away at the board to get some more money to try and add quality to the squad."

In December, the Cumbrians' managing director John Nixon revealed the club had gone over budget, something that would need to be addressed during the January transfer window.

Including the expiration of loan spells, 12 players have left Brunton Park since 1 January, with five arriving.

Trialists Derek Riordan, Lewis Young and Paul Reid all started in a reserve team match against Wigan Athletic on Tuesday.

Against Bristol City, Carlisle only named six substitutes, two of which were teenagers who had made just one first-team appearance each.

"Having a space on the bench even when you're drafting in youth lads shows that we need bodies in," said Kavanagh.

"There are senior players injured that we're trying to get back as well, and with the numbers we managed to move on, we should be able to make signings."