Leeds United are set to beat widespread competition to land highly-rated striker Oli McBurnie on a permanent deal, according to The Scottish Sun.
McBurnie is currently on loan at Barnsley from Swansea City and he is set to reject a new deal with his parent club to force through a move to Leeds.
The 21-year-old was born in Leeds and is eager to return to his hometown and represent the Whites.
Leeds are in the market for a new striker with this season’s trio of Pierre-Michel Lasogga, Caleb Ekuban and Jay-Roy Grot failing to impress in front of goal.
McBurnie, on the other hand, has been very impressive for struggling Barnsley, who are relying on his goals in their relegation scrap.
The Scotland international, who recently made his senior debut, has scored an impressive tally of eight goals in 12 starts for the Tykes, despite them being in the relegation zone.
Swansea manager Carlos Carvalhal wants to keep his impressive young striker in South Wales for next season but McBurnie will reportedly reject a new contract and leave when his deal expires this summer.
Derby and Sheffield Wednesday also want the 6ft 2in centre forward but Leeds are well ahead in the race to sign him.
This would be a tremendous piece of business for Leeds, as they would get a hungry, young striker who has proven his goal scoring prowess at Championship level. He would also be cheap as Leeds will only have to pay compensation money for him. Paul Heckingbottom is a big fan of McBurnie’s as he signed him at the start of the season and then again in January for Barnsley and this move makes a lot of sense for both the player and the club. Leeds are much better off signing someone like McBurnie rather than another unproven foreign striker like Lasogga, Ekuban and Grot.
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