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Football: Carlisle have got clause for concern; Selling Garner is not profitable.

Byline: STUART RAYNER

CARLISLE United have revealed in-demand striker Joe Garner has a pounds 1.14m release clause in his contract, but the League One club will bank just pounds 590,000 if anyone activates it, writes STUART RAYNER.

Nottingham Forest have made it known they are interested in landing the Cumbrians' record signing despite the expectation Garner will be out until December with cruciate knee ligament damage.

Carlisle have become exasperated by Forest's courting of the player and have taken the unusual step of making public the clause in his contract. Chief executive Dave Allen suggested the Championship new boys had prior knowledge of the clause but is adamant that the details had not been leaked by the Cumbrians.

"We have always wanted to keep Joe," Allen insisted. "He is extremely popular with our fans and everyone at the club.

He is also a great young player with tremendous potential who is working extremely hard to recover from a serious injury.

"But there is nothing we can do to stop Nottingham Forest, or any other club, speaking to Joe once they have reached the pounds 1.14m trigger."

Many Carlisle fans will be annoyed to find the club have been left vulnerable to such a move but the club defended themselves by explaining "those conditions were reluctantly accepted by Carlisle United because, at that time, Joe was on the brink of signing for SPL (Scottish Premier League) outfit Dundee United when he changed his mind and signed for the Blues, but only on those terms on top of the ones insisted on by Blackburn."

The pounds 1.14m fee represents a pounds 1m increase on the club record fee the Cumbrians paid for Garner in August 2007 but, according to Carlisle, they would receive a little over half of that.

The League One club say those terms include a pounds 500,000 payment to Blackburn, a 50% cut of sell-on fees and 5% of the fee going to Garner "or his representatives".

Garner joined Carlisle on loan from Blackburn in the 2006-07 season, a move made permanent by then-manager Neil McDonald the day before the new campaign began. He was 19 years old at the time. Last season Garner scored 14 goals in 34 appearances before his injury.

Carlisle were able to reject a pounds 1m bid from Bristol City in January but had the Robins known about his release clause, it is hard to imagine a club chasing promotion to the Premier League would not have upped their offer by pounds 140,000.

The Cumbrians have made it known they are in the market for a new striker, although manager John Ward says it will not be Leeds United's Anthony Elding.

One of the players Ward is interested in is Fulham's right-back Tyrone Cameron.

The 18-year-old has arrived on trial and Ward revealed he is someone he has been monitoring for some time.

"We're pleased to be able to give him a trial," he said.

"He's a player that we've known about for a while and our scouts watched him a couple of times last season as we tracked his progress."

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 22, 2008
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