Carlisle United boss Abbott interested in Liam Noble deal

Liam Noble
Noble made 26 appearances for Carlisle this season, scoring five goals

Carlisle United boss Greg Abbott has said he would be interested in a permanent deal for Liam Noble, following the end of his loan spell.

The Sunderland midfielder, 20, made his final appearance for the Cumbrians in the 1-1 draw against Huddersfield last Friday, one of 26 outings for the club.

"Liam is going to have a talk with [Sunderland boss] Martin O'Neill," Abbott told BBC Radio Cumbria.

"He'll find out what his thoughts are about his future and get back to us."

Noble has completed the maximum permitted time on loan at Brunton Park, and as such any further deal between the two clubs would be a permanent switch.

Abbott added: "He is going to go back to Sunderland initially to iron that out, I am waiting for the outcome of that conversation and that would probably take about a week.

"Martin has got a massive job on doing his thing with Sunderland, so we will wait until the outcome of that."

Another of the United loanees to return to their parent club is full-back Christian Ribeiro, who played seven games during a two-month spell on loan from Bristol City.

The 22-year-old will link up with Robins boss Derek McInnes, who took over at Ashton Gate following the departure of Keith Millen in November.

"Christian is going back definitely," Abbott added.

"He has got a new manager in at his club and he wants to see him.

"I know he was there for a week but he wants to see him."