By David Woods

13th May, 2018 | 2:00pm

Orta must rip up reported Leeds four-year-deal and hijack Rangers bid for 6ft 2 goal machine


Leeds United are in danger of missing out on a tried-and-tested Championship striker, after it was reported that Rangers are making a bid for Swansea striker Oli McBurnie.

Leeds have been linked to the striker before and The Sun previously claimed that he was set to return to his hometown club after impressing in his loan spell at Barnsley.

Leeds fans were delighted to be linked with 6ft 2 striker McBurnie, but now it appears that Victor Orta has set his sights on the unknown Carpi striker Jerry Mbakogu instead.

It was reported on Sunday that he would sign a four-year deal worth £3million with Leeds, but that seems like it could be a big mistake.

Orta has already tired and failed to bring unknown strikers to Elland Road and it would seem to make much more sense to go down the tried-and-tested route.

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McBurnie has scored nine goals in 17 games for Barnsley and that’s put him on the map for a high-profile move north of the border.

A move to Ibrox to work under Steven Gerrard would be attractive but McBurnie has ties to Leeds and he’s exactly what they need to make a decent run at promotion next season.

Orta should shift his tactics, rip up the reported Mbakogu deal and try to hijack the Rangers deal before it’s too late.

Rangers might be a huge club but Leeds are only a few players short of a real stab at returning to the top-flight, where McBurnie can become a club legend.

Orta, if you’re reading this, it’s not too late.

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