By Pete O'Rourke

15th Jan, 2020 | 12:23pm

Exclusive: Carlisle United in advanced talks to sign Rotherham rising star

Carlisle United are in advanced talks to sign Rotherham United striker Joshua Kayode, Football Insider understands.

The 19-year-old spent the first half of the season on loan at National League North side Gateshead, scoring nine goals, four assists before being recalled by Rotherham earlier this month.

A source at Rotherham told Football Insider that a number of League Two clubs had expressed an interest in taking Kayode on loan for the second half of the season, but Carlisle have moved swiftly to agree on a deal.

He is set to join on loan for the rest of the season.

The Lagos-born teenager recently signed a new deal with Rotherham that will see him be under contract with the club until 2022.

Despite being highly-regarded Kayode is unlikely to break into Paul Warne’s side with the Millers riding high at the top of League One.

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Therefore Rotherham are happy to loan the teenager out once again so that he can continue his development with regular first-team football.

Carlisle boss Chris Beech has made striking reinforcements one of his top priorities this transfer window and he sees Kayode as someone who fits the bill for his side.

The Blues are currently in 21st spot in the League Two table, just six points off the drop zone and Beech hopes Kayode will score the goals to fire his side to safety.

Beech’s side are in action tonight as they face Cardiff City in an FA Cup third-round replay, after managing to earn a 2-2 draw with the Championship side in their first meeting.

In other Carlisle United news, it can be REVEALED that the club have agreed on the terms of a new deal with a defender.