Sheffield United have received a boost in their pursuit of both Neal Maupay and Oli McBurnie.
The Sheffield Star reports that McBurnie is “flattered” by the interest. This is despite declaring he is excited by the plans of Swansea City’s new manager.
Steve Cooper has taken charge at the Liberty Stadium following Graham Potter’s exit to Brighton and Hove Albion.
While McBurnie would never ask for a move about of respect to the Swans, a chance to join the Blades and play in the Premier League is tempting.
The 23-year-old comes from Leeds and counts Bradford City and Barnsley as former clubs. So a return to Yorkshire could also help make Bramall Lane an appealing destination.
What about Maupay?
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The Blades are also interested in Brentford’s top scorer. He would cost around £20m, according to the Sheffield Star.
It is that prohibitive asking price that has lead the Mirror to claim Aston Villa are now unlikely to make a move for Maupay.
While Villa are keen to sign a new striker, they do not want to spend that much. This is after splashing a club record £22m fee on Wesley.
This is good news for the Blades, as the Birmingham side did have an advantage over them in the chase. The Villans are managed by Dean Smith, whom was Maupay’s boss for two years at Griffin Park after signing the Frenchman from Saint Etienne.
The 22-year-old said in an interview with the Independent he would be open to a reunion with Smith at Villa Park. Maupay also expressed his desire to play in England’s top flight in the same piece.
Chris Wilder wants to bring two new forwards to South Yorkshire after sealing promotion. So if both Maupay and McBurnie are available then it wouldn’t be beyond the realms of possibility that they’re both signed.