Chase hots up for Charlie Wyke

Hartlepool's Charlie Wyke and Southend's Luke Prosser

HITC Sport understands Preston North End, Burton Albion, Wigan Athletic, Rotherham United are chasing Carlisle hit-man.

Carlisle United are facing a battle to hang onto striking star Charlie Wyke, HITC Sport understands.

The 24-year-old is currently one of the top-scorers in League Two, having already matched his 12-goal tally from last season.

Wyke has 18-months left on his current deal, and the Cumbrians are desperate to keep hold but they would find a substantial offer hard to turn down.

Carlisle United's Charlie Wyke celebrates with the match ball at full timeCarlisle United's Charlie Wyke celebrates

HITC Sport understands that around a dozen clubs are actively scouting Wyke, and Carlisle are braced for offers.

Preston North End, Burton Albion, Wigan Athletic, Rotherham United, Sheffield United and Bradford City are amongst those ready to make a move for Wyke.

Wyke joined Carlisle in 2015 from Premier League Middlesbrough - where he came through their famed youth system, but he never made a senior appearance for the Teesside outfit.

He enjoyed loan spells with Kettering, Hartlepool and AFC Wimbledon before sealing a move to Brunton Park.

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