Royals move for Kitson
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Kitson is one of the most sought-after commodities in the lower leagues and both Gillingham and Peterborough United failed with bids for the 23-year-old last week.
But First Division promotion hopefuls Reading have submitted an initial bid of £250,000 for Kitson, which The U's have grudgingly accepted.
"The deal is worth £250,000 plus additional add-ons, and is subject to the boy agreeing personal terms with Reading and passing a medical," U's boss John Taylor told the club's official website.
Reading must now thrash out personal terms with Kitson before they can wrap up their swoop for the former non-league hot shot.
"I have spoken at length to Cambridge and, in principle, agreed a fee that is acceptable to both parties," Royals director of football Nicky Hammond told Reading's official website.
"We'll now speak to the player and try to agree personal terms. Those talks will take place over the next 24 hours or so."
With Kitson currently sidelined with a hamstring injury and Reading signing Lloyd Owusu on loan from Sheffield Wednesday, Hammond acknowledged there was no rush to push the transfer through.
He continued: "12 o'clock (on Wednesday) is the deadline for a permanent deal but with the boy coming back from injury and the addition of Lloyd Owusu, we're not desperate to get it done more quickly than normal."