SHEFFIELD UNITED: Blades boss Danny Wilson hopes to keep Dave Kitson

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DANNY Wilson, the Sheffield United manager, last night expressed his intention to keep Dave Kitson at Bramall Lane.

And Wilson, who also hopes to extend Paul Gallagher’s loan from Leicester City, believes the South Yorkshire’s club’s stature could convince the former Portsmouth striker to stay.

“I’ve always maintained that, when it comes to bringing people in, being who we are works in our favour,” Wilson said. “Normally the likes of Dave and Paul might not have looked at League One. But who wouldn’t want to play in front of nearly 20,000 crowds when you’re at home?

“The deal with Dave is that we’ll sit down nearer the time. That’s right and proper but of course I’d like to think that he’ll stay.”

Kitson heads to Leyton Orient tomorrow looking for his third goal in as many games after signing a short-term contract in August. Wilson added: “There’s still plenty more to come from Dave. He’s not quite there yet in terms of his fitness.”

Gallagher is scheduled to return to the King Power Stadium next week but is understood to have told United he would like to prolong his stay.

Wilson said: “I’ve spoken to Nigel (Pearson, the City manager) and we’ll speak again after Saturday. I’m optimistic but I don’t know for certain.

“Hopefully they don’t get a flurry of injuries because they have the final call.”