Gills fail with Kitson bid
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Kitson has emerged as Gills player-manager Andy Hessenthaler's prime target following the sale of Marlon King to Nottingham Forest.
The 23-year-old is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury but is Cambridge's leading scorer this season with 11 goals.
His displays have seen him courted by several clubs, with Second Division Peterborough United also having an offer for the hot-shot turned down.
Hessenthaler is prepared to submit a fresh bid for Kitson and also joked he tried to land Manchester United's prolific marksman Ruud van Nistelrooy.
"We put two bids in, one for Dave Kitson at Cambridge United and one for Ruud van Nistelrooy at Manchester United and they have both been rejected," Hessenthaler told Gills World.
"So we are a little bit disappointed but we will keep working hard and seeing what we can do.
"Dave Kitson is someone that we played against earlier on this season. He's only 23 and has scored 11 goals for Cambridge - no disrespect to them - in a poor side really.
"So we are hoping we can do some business but at the moment they have turned it down."
The Gills chief is also in the market for a goalkeeper after losing Jason Brown to injury but he will put his faith in Bertrand Bossu for Saturday's trip to Forest.
He added: "We are going to look for another goalkeeper and see what we can do but this weekend Bert will play and let's hope he takes his chance."