Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray has thrown uncertainty around the club’s reported interest in Sheffield United’s Oliver Burke, during an interview with the Lancashire Telegraph.
Football Insider reported on Tuesday that Rovers were in advanced talks with the Blades forward, also indicating that the Lancashire club have held a long-term interest in the 24-year-old.
Burke, who has spent much of this season sidelined as a result of a heel injury, has accumulated just 171 minutes of Championship football this term, and even when fully fit, he finds himself well down the pecking order.
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Speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph about the links that have emerged with Burke, Mowbray said: “I’m not sure where that came from. It hasn’t come from us.”
Rovers appeared to fail in a move for the young forward before, as per a report from Football Insider, as it remains to be seen if anything materialises from this point.
Mowbray could be keeping his cards close to his chest regarding this proposed transfer move, or he might be completely serious with those comments.
Burke is a player who would certainly add an extra dimension to Blackburn’s attacking play, with his electric pace suited to Rovers’ fast approach play.
The Lancashire outfit are waiting to see if Ben Brereton Diaz stays at the club this January, if he does not and the club agree a deal for Burke, then there will immediately be a lot of pressure on the forward’s shoulders.
There is no denying that Burke can be an excellent addition for Blackburn, but his lack of game time will be a concern right away.