By Wayne Veysey

22nd Jun, 2021 | 5:23pm

Sources: Carlisle United agree to sign ex-Liverpool defender Whelan

Carlisle United are set to sign former Liverpool defender Corey Whelan on a free transfer, Football Insider has learned.

He spent the second half of last season at Wigan Athletic after joining from Phoenix Rising in January.

A source has told Football Insider Carlisle have agreed terms with Whelan after fending off interest in him from multiple League One clubs.

The Latics confirmed in their retained list last month the 23-year-old had not been offered a new deal.

He played eight League One games last season, including two starts.

Carlisle United are keen to bolster their ranks after narrowly missing out on the League Two play-offs last term.

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Chris Beech’s side finished the season in 10th-position, seven points outside the top-seven.

Whelan will provide cover at right-back as well as in the heart of defence.

The former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international started his career at Liverpool and was captain of their Under-23s side.

He left the Reds without making a first-team appearance but enjoyed loan spells in League Two with Yeovil Town and Crewe Alexandra.

He scored once and provided one assist in 23 games in England’s fourth-tier across both spells.

After leaving Liverpool in the summer of 2019, he joined USL Championship side Phoenix Rising, who are part-owned by Didier Drogba.

Whelan was part of the side that won the USL Championship Western Conference play-offs last term.

He played 51 times for Phoenix in his 18 months at the club.

In other news, Liverpool have been tipped to “surprise people” with a “big signing” to replace a 26-year-old.