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BLACKBURN ROVERS and Crystal Palace are among the clubs tracking Carlisle United hotshot Richie Foran.

The 21-year-old joined United from Irish outfit Shelbourne in August and has since gone on to make a blistering start to his league career, bagging four goals in seven matches despite his team's awful start to the season.

Both clubs sent scouts to Hartlepool on Saturday to check up on the former Republic of Ireland Under-21 star who turned in yet another impressive performance as he set up Chay Hews for Carlisle's only goal of the game.

Carlisle have cultivated a rich history of producing talent for the game's higher echelons with stars such as Rory Delap, Matt Jansen, Paul Boertien, Steve Harkness, Paul Murray, Nick Wright, Allan Smart and Scott Dobie having all come through the Brunton Park ranks.

Dobie is currently impressing observers in the Black Country with his outstanding performances for West Brom following a £150,000 summer move to The Hawthorns.