Having already signed Phil Jagielka and Luke Freeman earlier this month, Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has now turned his attention to securing the services of Oliver McBurnie for the upcoming campaign.
According to The Sun, the 51-year-old has reportedly submitted a £10m bid for the Swansea City forward and is now waiting to see whether the Welsh outfit is willing to accept his offer.
A mainstay in the Jacks’ starting eleven last season, McBurnie fired in 22 goals in 44 Championship appearances as he helped navigate his side to a 10th place finish in May (via Transfermarkt).
If Swansea do agree to let the forward leave the Liberty Stadium, the Blades would be breaking their club-record transfer fee for the second time in a matter of days having brought in Freeman in a deal believed to be worth £5m (via talkSPORT).
Whereas McBurnie has played in the Premier League before for Swansea, the fact that he was unable to score a single goal in 16 games at that level (via Transfermarkt) is very concerning.
Although he has improved as a player since his last appearance in the top-flight against Newcastle United, as shown via his goal record on Transfermarkt, he may still find it difficult to replicate the form that he demonstrated in the Championship during the previous campaign against England’s elite club sides.
However, when you consider that Wilder has been able to get the very best out of David McGoldrick over the past 12 months, there is no reason why he cannot do the same with McBurnie over the coming years.
Before joining the Blades, McGoldrick’s highest yield in terms of goals in the Championship was 14 (via Transfermarkt), yet under the guidance of the former Oxford United boss, he managed to exceed this total by 1, averaging an impressive WhoScored rating of 7.09 last season.
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