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Record smashed again as McBurnie arrives

2 August 2019

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The Blades have significantly smashed the club's transfer record to ensure that August 2019 will be regarded as a momentous month in the history of Sheffield United Football Club.

It can now be reported that United's tenacious bid to secure the services of striker Oli McBurnie has been successful. The formalities of the four-year deal for the Yorkshireman have been concluded after an undisclosed fee with Swansea City was agreed.

It is the fourth time United has broken the club's transfer record this summer and comes at the start of a month that sees Chris Wilder's side begin an exciting campaign in the Premier League.

McBurnie, a 23-year-old Scottish international, has been a long-time target and boss Wilder is thrilled with his new arrival.

He said: "We've had to be patient and work very hard to get Oli to Bramall Lane but I am confident he will be a tremendous success.

"We need options at the top of the pitch and Oli, as anyone who has watched a significant amount of Championship football will tell you, offers plenty in that area. He fits the profile of our transfer policy this season and is an age where his better years are ahead of him - hopefully he and the club can continue to grow together.

"I'm delighted with the transfer business over the summer, Oli is a big piece of the jigsaw, and the squad is shaping up ready for what will be a long and demanding season."

The United chief added: "Over the years, we've had the stigma of a selling club and, of course, there will be sales in the future, but it should be noted that we are a buying club, we've spent a significant amount and the owners deserve a huge amount of credit for the way they have sanctioned our assault on the transfer market."

Signing number eight, McBurnie, started his career at Bradford City, making his debut for the Bantams as a 17-year-old as a substitute in the FA Cup, before joining Swansea City for an undisclosed fee in July 2015.

In January 2018, he joined Barnsley on-loan until the end of season and scored nine times, including one against the Blades, in 16 starts, despite the Tykes being relegated.

Last term, the 6ft 2ins frontman caught the eye in south Wales, netting 24 times in 49 appearances in all competitions, netting winning goals for the Swans in both games against United.

Internationally, McBurnie has earned seven full caps for Scotland, making his debut against Costa Rica in 2018 under Alex McLeish, having featured heavily for the U21s.

He follows Luke Freeman, Phil Jagielka, Callum Robinson, Ravel Morrison, Lys Mousset, Ben Osborn and loanee Dean Henderson into Bramall Lane.


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