Report: Wolves eye loan raid for Sheffield United striker McBurnie
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Report: Wolves eye loan raid for Sheffield United striker McBurnie

Premier League side Wolves are reportedly keen on making a move for Sheffield United striker, Oli McBurnie, before the deadline this week.

McBurnie scored just the single goal for the Blades last season and has yet to get off the mark this term either. The big Scotland striker was signed by Chris Wilder when United won promotion. At the time, he was a club-record buy at around £20m.

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The Sun reports today (print edition, P60), that Wolves are keeping tabs on McBurnie ahead of Tuesday. It’s claimed they could make a loan offer for the striker, as Bruno Lage seeks back ups and squad depth.

Wolves’ interest is not entirely brand new, though. The Molineux outfit were linked with a £15m move for McBurnie at the end of the season. But that sort of deal now looks firmly off the table.

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Blades manager Slavisa Jokanovic has made his desire for new signings known once again last night. Having already let the likes of Ramsdale, Smith, and Lowe go out, the Serb would find it hard to take if McBurnie was also allowed to move on.

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Everyone knows McBurnie is like marmite with Blades fans. He’s not scored the goals some expected, and his off-field antics have – at times – opened him up to the critics.

But United need him really. He’s one of the strikers in the squad with presence. And while it’s not worked brilliantly for him, he is proven at this level from his time with Swansea.

United and Jokanovic will be hoping McBurnie can start to fire soon. If he does, then it naturally increases the chances of the Blades enjoying success.

A loan move would do nobody but Wolves any favours. So unless they want to stump up that initial £15m mentioned, then United should do all they can to keep McBurnie at the club. For now, anyway.

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