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Charlie Wyke's Blues future hangs in the balance

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Charlie Wyke's future is in the balance with Bradford City hoping to push through a deal for United's leading scorer.

The League One club put a bid in for Wyke last night, that is thought to have triggered a £250,000 release clause in the striker's contract.

Carlisle United said it could not confirm or deny Wyke's contract terms.

The clause gives Bradford permission to discuss the 24-year-old's career with him - making it Wyke's decision on whether he leaves the Blues.

With 17 goals this season, Wyke has scored nearly half of all the team's goals since mid-November.

The club has released this statement:

Charlie is a player who is under contract at this Club and who has grown and developed significantly during his time with us.

“He has performed particularly well this season, with a first ever league hat-trick complementing the 17 goals he has already scored. It is inevitable, when a player is performing like this, that he will start to get interest from other clubs.

“As a Club, we never confirm or deny confidential contractual terms or clauses. This includes ‘so called’ release or trigger clauses, as it is not in our interest to do so.

“As Keith has stated a number of times, if a bid is received for a player, he will be right at the heart of what we decide to do.”

“In light of the recent speculation, I sat down with Charlie and Keith on Thursday afternoon to get his thoughts on where we currently stand,” he continued. “The content of that discussion will remain private, and rightly so, but suffice to say that we are doing everything we can to keep Charlie at this club.

“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 that they share that opinion.

“Charlie knows that we want him to stay, but equally is it 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, starting tomorrow.”

– Nigel Clibbens, Chief Executive, Carlisle United