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Steve Cooper makes Swansea City transfer admission



Swansea City manager Steve Cooper has revealed that in-demand striker Oli McBurnie is for sale at the right price this summer.

The 23-year-old was outstanding for the Swans last season, bagging 24 goals in 44 appearances, and his performances have not gone unnoticed.

Newly promoted Sheffield United have reportedly had a £15 million bid for the forward rejected but may return with a second offer as McBurnie is understood to be Chris Wilder’s top transfer target.

Cooper took charge of Swansea in June after the departure of Graham Potter and suggested that he has enjoyed working with McBurnie but understands that he could leave if the right offer his made.

Speaking to Wales Online after his side’s pre-season friendly against Yeovil Town, he said: “We heard quickly that that was the case (the bid being rejected), but until I’m told anything different, I’ll continue to work with Oli.

“I thought he was excellent tonight (at Yeovil), he’s been excellent all week in training as well.

“He’s a very likeable lad, a very good player and I’m really enjoying working with him and I know he’s enjoying being at the club as well so we’ll carry on until we hear differently.

“It’s natural (interest), and he’s a really good player but he loves Swansea and playing for the club has been good for him as much as he’s been good for us and I look forward to that continuing.

“I think there’s a price on any player but at the moment the offers have been rejected. Until I hear any differently we’ll continue to keep working every day.

“He’s very happy, he’s working very hard in training and performing at a really good level. So as far as I’m concerned, I’m working with him like I am with all of the players and getting them ready for the start of the season.”

The Verdict

The new manager’s comments imply that he is prepared for the 23-year-old’s sale this summer, which won’t ease the nerves of any Swans fans.

The Scotsman was hugely important to Swansea last season and losing him would be a massive blow ahead of Cooper’s first season in charge, especially with Dan James having already left the club.

Only McBurnie and Bersant Celina scored more goals for Swansea than James last season, so losing the striker after seeing the Welshman depart would leave Swansea short in the final third.

Bristol-born, London-based sports journalist at Snack Media. University of Brighton and NA graduate

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