Carlisle United accept it will be difficult to sign Jordan Cook.
The 22-year-old impressed the Cumbrians whilst on loan last season, and he has since been released by Premier League side Sunderland.
Carlisle manager Abbott would love to now take Cook on a permanent basis, but he accepts the competition for the striker is likely to be fierce.
"The last we heard from Jordan Cook was that he was also talking to a Championship club," Abbott said. “The door isn't as open as it was a few weeks ago.”
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