Newly promoted League One side Carlisle United are weighing up a move for Republic of Ireland international Sean Maguire, according to a report from Alan Nixon.
The former League of Ireland star spent the second half of last season at Coventry City, following a five-and-a-half-year spell with Preston North End.
The Sky Blues almost reached the Premier League but Maguire made merely seven appearances in total, failing to register a single goal, and was not re-signed by Mark Robins, leaving the Irishman in the hunt for a new club.
On his exclusive Patreon, journalist Alan Nixon has claimed that Paul Simpson is plotting an ambitious move to bring the 29-year-old to Cumbria before the Blues face Fleetwood Town in the opening gameweek of the League One campaign next Saturday.
Carlisle bringing in immense quality
Simpson has already managed to secure the services of Scotland international Dylan McGeouch, Sam Lavelle from Charlton Athletic and Daniel Butterworth from Blackburn Rovers.
The Cumbrians also permanently secured the services of Middlesbrough’s Jack Robinson and Ben Barclay who spent last season on loan at Brunton Park, helping the side’s successful promotion bid.
Given that Maguire has spent the last six seasons in England’s second tier, signing the nippy centre-forward would prove Carlisle United’s seriousness about consolidating themselves in League One.
Maguire would be an excellent signing for Carlisle United, bringing immense quality to the forward department and a knack for scoring goals, as seen from his time at Cork City and in the early days with Preston.
While his time at Deepdale petered out rather spectacularly, following an explosive start to the 2017/18 campaign, Maguire would still be good enough to play in the Championship.
Many might look at this move as a step down for the former West Ham United player but it could be the fresh start he needs to reignite his goalscoring form and would prove to be an impressive coup by the Cumbrians.