By Richard Parks
Leeds United are planning a triple summer transfer swoop for Barnsley trio Oliver McBurnie, Joe Williams and Andy Yiadom, according to a reliable journalist.
Alan Nixon, sports writer for The Sun, made the transfer claim on his official Twitter feed in conversation with a United fan that the club are looking to their Championship rivals for reinforcements.
Asked who Leeds might sign this summer, Nixon named striker McBurnie, midfielder Williams and right-back Yiadom, adding “and looking at the side, I can see why”.
Moves for the trio will see all three reunited with Paul Heckingbottom and comes following a string of wretched results that has led to many questioning his job as manager.
McBurnie is on loan from Swansea and Williams from Everton, which reduces the complication of dealing with his old club, while Yiadom is out of contract at the end of the season and could be captured for free.
Football Insider verdict:
Plotting a triple transfer raid on a club placed 22nd in the Championship would appear a strange move, and one that stinks of a lack of ambition or finances. However, Yiadom is available for a bargain price, while McBurnie and Williams both belong to Premier League clubs. Moreover, forward McBurnie, who has scored seven goals in 12 league matches on loan for Barnsley, is also out of contract at Swansea at the end of the season and can be snapped up for free. Would Leeds still want three Barnsley players if Heckingbottom gets the boot at the end of a campaign that goes from mediocre to worse the longer his reign goes on?
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