SHEFFIELD UNITED: Pompey’s Dave Kitson in Lane link

Confident: Danny Wilson believes in his squad
Confident: Danny Wilson believes in his squad

PORTSMOUTH say they have yet to hear from Sheffield United about striker Dave Kitson, who is a potential summer transfer target for Danny Wilson.

Blades manager Wilson is looking to beef up the striking department during the off-season, having released James Beattie and disgraced Welsh striker Ched Evans earlier this week.

Goalscorer: Dave Kitson is among the list of potential targets for Danny Wilson

Goalscorer: Dave Kitson is among the list of potential targets for Danny Wilson

Hitchin-born Kitson was spotted in the crowd in the first leg of United’s play-off semi-final clash with Stevenage.

The 32-year-old, one of the high earners at Fratton Park, faces an uncertain future at the club as they look to trim their wage bill. At 6ft 2in, Kitson is renowned for being a targetman and he certainly knows where the back of the net is, having notched more than 120 goals in his career.

Portsmouth administrator Trevor Birch has told The Star: “There has not been an approach from United for Dave.”

Birch, the former United chief executive, added: “Dave is under contract here but he is available.”

Kitson, who scored just four

times in 35 appearances last term, is contracted to Pompey, who are under pressure to offload players to ease their financial troubles, until next summer.

It is likely the club will not come out of administration until mid-July. They have already raked in around £1.5 million from selling Stephen Henderson, Joel Ward and Jason Pearce following relegation to League One.

United, beaten 8-7 on penalties by Huddersfield Town in the League One play-off final last Saturday, had a major clear-out on Wednesday, releasing 11 players.

The shake-up has left Wilson with just one senior striker on his books in Richard Cresswell.

He has offered a new one-year deal to Chris Porter and hopes to persuade Kevin McDonald and Lee Williamson to stay.