Transfer Window: Carlisle sign Aston Villa's Michael Drennan

Aston Villa striker Michael Drennan in action for Republic of Ireland Under-19s

Carlisle United have signed Aston Villa striker Michael Drennan on loan.

The 19-year-old Republic of Ireland youth international will initially spend the next month at Brunton Park.

He with Villa last summer but is yet to make his debut for the Premier League side.

"I spoke with Michael and he's hungry to play. He knows the importance of what's happening and what to expect in League One as he's done his homework on us," said manager Graham Kavanagh.

Meanwhile, Kavanagh is hopeful that experienced defender Pascal Chimbonda will sign a contract extension.

The is due to expire on 19 January.

Carlisle are short of defensive cover with Danny Livesey, Sean O'Hanlon,

"His agent says there's interest from other clubs but I'm confident he'll stay as I'd like to think there'll be some loyalty shown to us," Kavanagh explained.