Leeds United transfer news: McBurnie does not support Whites

By Danny Wright

16th Mar, 2018 | 8:00am

PL centre-forward responds when asked if he supports Leeds as bid to sign him is underway

Swansea forward Oli McBurnie has confirmed that he is not a Leeds United supporter despite growing up in the West Yorkshire city.

McBurnie, 21, is currently on loan at Barnsley and has been tearing it up in the Championship with six goals in his last seven appearances.

The centre-forward’s form has seen him called up to the Scotland international team and Football Insider has exclusively revealed that Leeds have identified him as a target for the summer and a bid to sign him up is underway.

On his personal Twitter account on Wednesday, McBurnie admitted that even though he grew up in Leeds, he does not support the club when he was asked by a Barnsley fan.

McBurnie is due to return to Swansea when his loan spell at Barnsley ends in the summer.

In January, it was widely reported that Rangers were interested in the Premier League centre-forward and judging by the activity in his Twitter account, it’s clear to see that McBurnie supports the Glasgow giants.

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Just because McBurnie grew up in Leeds does not mean he was necessarily going to support the club, but it could pose a problem if Rangers look to renew their interest in him in the summer. Alfredo Morelos may be leaving Ibrox if a tempting bid is tabled while Jason Cummings is only on loan so there’s a chance that the Light Blues will try to snap him up. McBurnie is a good striker and has proved he can bag goals in the Championship, so it makes sense for him to be a top target of Leeds. He fits a similar physical mould to Chris Wood and Pierre-Michel Lasogga but it depends if Paul Heckingbottom wants to change things around in the summer – if he is allowed.

In other Leeds United news, it has been confirmed that Paul Heckingbottom was on the phone to this Premier League centre-forward just hours after arriving at Elland Road.

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