By Danny Wright
Leeds have entered the race to sign Swansea striker Oli McBurnie, according to a reliable journalist.
Sun reporter Alan Nixon claimed on his personal Twitter account on Sunday that the Whites had taken an interest in McBurnie, 21, while their Yorkshire rivals Barnsley are also said to be in the hunt for his signature.
It is understood that the two Championship sides are looking to secure the Scotland Under-21 international on a loan deal.
Leeds-born McBurnie began his career at Bradford but was signed by the Swans in 2015 when he penned a three-year deal at the Liberty Stadium.
He has played eight times across all competitions for the Welsh side since, scoring two goals in the process.
The Premier League striker has already begun to show his worth this season having featured in both of Swansea’s opening fixtures of the campaign by coming off the bench against Southampton and Manchester United.
Leeds seem to be on the lookout for a new striker following widespread reports that Chris Wood is on his way to Burnley in a deal worth £15million.
Football Insider Verdict
If Leeds decide to swoop for McBurnie as a replacement for Wood, it’s likely that Caleb Ekuban will emerge as Thomas Christiansen’s No 1 striker for the rest of the season. There’s no way that the Scotland Under-21 international is ready for consistent first-team football in a senior and Ekuban proved against Sunderland that he is worth more chances of getting on the scoresheet. McBurnie is a good prospect and probably has the ability to be a good striker in the Championship in the future. But he isn’t right for Leeds to fill the void that will be left by Wood once he moves on. On the plus side, McBurnie has experience of playing in Yorkshire and was born in Leeds, so a bit of extra home-grown talent in the team could be beneficial.
In other Leeds news, the Whites are close to sealing a midfielder transfer as he heads for a medical.