Report: Nottingham Forest reject loan bid for Oliver Burke, is first-team call imminent?

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Carlisle United boss Keith Curle admitted he was unsuccessful in a bid to sign Nottingham Forest winger Oliver Burke.

Carlisle United manager Keith Curle admitted to the News and Star that he had been knocked back in a bid to sign Nottingham Forest winger Oliver Burke earlier in the week.

The former Notts County boss is desperate to improve his squad before the loan deadline and said the Burke rejection won’t slow his attempts to sign second-tier players.

‘’We’re striving to improve the team, squad and club and we’ve got a few irons in the fire,'' Curle told the News and Star. 

‘’We’ve got players [in mind] who are on the fringes of Championship clubs, in the 18 and 20 regularly but not getting the game-time they need.

“As other clubs are improving their squads those players might go down the pecking order and it would be an ideal opportunity for them to come out and play league football, whether for a month, two or three months, or until the end of the season.”

Does the rejected loan bid bode well for Burke? 

Although he has only featured twice for the Reds this season, the rejected loan bid sends out a message that he could be close to a more regular first-team slot.

As a versatile forward, who can play on the left, right or through the middle, he could become an important feature of Dougie Freedman’s side as he looks to get his team up the table.

The agonising defeat away at Brentford at the weekend left Forest just two points above the drop zone and 11 points from the play-offs.

The decision to keep him in the squad doesn’t necessarily mean Burke is set to play week-in, week-out. However, it does indicate that Freedman does at least have him in mind for the upcoming games.

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