Neal Maupay and Oli McBurnie are two names that have been strongly linked with Sheffield United this summer.
One of those strikers is likely to break the club’s transfer record for a fourth and final time since earning promotion to the Premier League.
Lys Mousset is the latest to achieve the feat, arriving from Bournemouth in a £10m deal (BBC). This topped the fees paid for Callum Robinson and Luke Freeman before him.
However, the spending isn’t done yet, with three more players – including the most expensive yet – still expected to be signed.
The Yorkshire Post reports that Dean Henderson is likely to rejoin on loan from Manchester United. The Blades are also set to step up their interest in Nottingham Forest’s Ben Osborn.
Will Sheffield United target Maupay or McBurnie?
According to the report, the final piece of the jigsaw will be the signing of McBurnie. Manager Chris Wilder is said to still “very much want” the 23-year-old, despite having an opening £15m bid rejected by Swansea City.
McBurnie told BBC Sport he is “flattered” by the interest from South Yorkshire, with the Swans seeking in excess of £20m for their star player.
There is no mention of Maupay, even though the Sun says the Blades are keen on the Frenchman. Apparently Brentford are resigned to losing the forward and have dropped their asking price from £22m to £15m as a result.
Maupay himself is also believed to be interested in exploring the possibility of a move to Bramall Lane. Yet it seems McBurnie remains the priority for Wilder.
Aston Villa are also keeping tabs on Maupay, who was first brought English football by their boss Dean Smith. Smith is reportedly open to the idea of a reunion with the 22-year-old at Villa Park.