Newcastle United have a legion of players out on loan and Keith Curle says he would love to sign one of them.

Macauley Gillesphey played 27 times for Carlisle United on loan last season and is signed up again until January.

Keith Curle was desperate to have the NUFC defender back this season and his 16 appearances have helped the Cumbrians into second place in the table, though he is on the bench for the home game against Exeter on Saturday afternoon.

Asked what he would like to happen, Carlisle Manager Curle says that if it was up to him he’d sign him on a permanent deal and then sell him for ‘a vast amount of money’ next summer.

More realistically, Gillesphey is likely to get his loan extended until the end of the season to help his development towards potentially playing for Newcastle one day.

Keith Curle revealing that Carlisle’s CEO and one of the co-owners have made contact with Newcastle to try and sort an extension.

Macauley Gillesphey turns 21 on Thursday and interesting to see what Rafa Benitez does in the summer with the many young players he has sent out to other clubs on a temporary basis.

Keith Curle speaking to the News and Star:

“If it was down to me I’d sign him on a permanent, have him for eight months and then sell him for a vast amount of money, and be seen as a very shrewd businessman!

“John Nixon and Nigel Clibbens (Carlisle’s co-owner and chief executive) have made contact with Newcastle.

“We’re trying to open up negotiations to find out what their intentions are. Ultimately, he’s their player.

“I think Macaulay has settled in, and as a loan move it’s paid dividends, exactly what he required.

“He’s playing competitive games, at a very competitive level, in a team that’s at the right end of the table. So as a loan move you’d say that’s excellent.

“If you look at some other under-20, 21, 23 players at their parent clubs, they get the opportunity play in the Checkatrade and then largely Under-23 football, it’s not at the same level as league football in my opinion.”