PETERBOROUGH United have turned down a season-long loan enquiry from York City for striker Scott Rendell.

The Minstermen switched their attention to Rendell after missing out on frontmen Michael Gash and Damian Spencer.

But the newly-promoted Championship club have rejected the offer for Rendell, who scored 17 goals during the first half of the 2007/8 campaign for Cambridge before moving to the Posh.

He also netted 15 times last season after returning on loan to the Abbey Stadium in November.

About his interest in 22-year-old Rendell, City manager Martin Foyle said: “We enquired about taking him on loan for the season because I think they are looking to get the player out.

“We didn’t speak to him at all and one or two other clubs are interested. We are also waiting to hear back from other players as well.”

Foyle missed out on Gash after his Ebbsfleet team-mate Darius Charles pulled out of a joint £80,000 move to Bootham Crescent.

Prolific Blue Square Premier marksman Rendell was then one of the City manager’s next targets after Spencer, released by Cheltenham, opted for a move to Kettering. But Foyle has no intention of lowering his sights as he remains one short of his full complement of strikers.

Richard Brodie, Richard Pacquette and Michael Rankine are already signed on for next season, but Foyle added: “The new forward will be an important signing and we need it because if we have four good strikers it puts us in a better position to put the ball in the back of the net.

“We have got the midfield that can play and create now, and we just need the icing on the cake. It would be easy to get somebody in for the sake of it, but we are trying very, very hard to get the right man.”