By Richard Parks
Leeds United have a major advantage over rivals in the race to sign Swansea City striker Oli McBurnie this summer, according to reports.
The Daily Mail claim McBurnie, 21, is a Leeds fan after he was born in the city and this could prove pivotal in the club’s bid to land a player they have identified as a key summer target.
The Sun claim the prolific Premier League striker has decided to snub Swansea’s offer of an extension to his contract, which is due to expire in the summer of 2019.
This has put Leeds in pole position to land the player, who the Sun report has also attracted interest from rivals such as Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County.
McBurnie has scored eight goals in 13 matches since joining Barnsley on loan in the January window.
He is due to return to parent club Swansea at the end of the season.
Football Insider verdict:
What a signing McBurnie would be for Leeds. It is testament to his talent that Swansea are keen to keep the rising star, who has been in electric form since dropping down to the Championship in the winter window. Versatile, mobile and powerful, the two-times Scotland international would add a much-needed new dimension to a Leeds front line that has been so powderpuff in the second half of the campaign. He has been used predominantly on the left side of the Barnsley attack, but he can also operate on the right or as the line-leader. A kind of souped-up Kemar Roofe, McBurnie also has the added advantage of being available for what would be a bargain price. It would be a significant coup if Leeds could seal the deal.