Newcastle United defender Macaulay Gillesphey is currently on loan at Carlisle United.
Carlisle's Macaulay Gillesphey and Yeovil's Connor Roberts
Speaking to the News & Star, Carlisle United manager Keith Curle explained his desire to sign Newcastle loanee Macaulay Gillesphey on a permanent deal, with the 20-year-old defender continuing to impress at Brunton Park.
Gillesphey spent the entirety of last season on loan with the League Two outfit, and re-signed in the summer on a deal that lasts until January.
Curle, who has been in charge at Brunton Park since September 2014, spoke to the News & Star, and outlined his intentions regarding the 20-year-old's future:
"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. 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!"
The North East outfit currently sit in second position in the League Two table, and Gillesphey has been a vitally important part of Keith Curle's side, helping them towards the fourth best defensive record in the league.
Carlisle United Manager Keith Curle
Rafa Benitez has a wealth of defensive options at his disposal at St James' Park, and it is questionable as to whether he will get the chance for any kind of regular game time at Newcastle in the foreseeable future.
With the January transfer window just around the corner, Gillesphey's long-term future will certainly be one to keep an eye on, and if he continues to impress, there is no reason why his loan deal will not be turned into a permanent one.
Carlisle United's Macaulay Gillesphey in action with Everton's Seamus Coleman