Sheffield United are set to strengthen their interest in Middlesbrough striker Britt Assombalonga, with the club looking set to miss out on signing Swansea forward Oli McBurnie.
Both forwards have been linked with moves to Bramall Lane in recent times, and Chris Wilder looks to rebuild his squad in preparation for life in the Premier League next season.
McBurnie endured a remarkable season in front of goal for Swansea City this season, netting 24 times in all competitions for Graham Potter’s side.
But the striker now looks set to join Potter at Brighton and Hove Albion, with the former Swans boss believed to have made it a priority for the Seagulls upon his appointment at the AMEX Stadium.
Now, reports from the Northern Echo claim that the Blades are set to switch their attention to Assombalonga, who scored 14 goals in the Championship this season.
The 26-year old has ended up as Boro’s leading goalscorer over the last two seasons, since signing from Nottingham Forest.
The Teesside club recently let go of manager Tony Pulis, therefore it remains to be seen whether a new manager will want to keep hold of the powerful striker ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.
It will be disappointing for Sheffield United after missing out on McBurnie, but Assombalonga would still be a very good signing.
He’s been Boro’s top scorer for two years running, without really getting out of second gear due to Pulis’ style of football, in my view.
He is more than capable of making the step-up to the Premier League, but I can’t see him leaving on the cheap by any means…