SCOTLAND international striker Oli McBurnie is poised for a £20million switch from Swansea to Sheffield United – which could end the newly-promoted Premier League club’s interest in Celtic’s Scott Sinclair.

The Bramall Lane outfit and Championship side Preston have both been linked with the 30-year-old Hoops winger who is going into the fourth year of his contract with the eight-in-a-row champions after Brendan Rodgers splashed £4.5million to sign him from Aston Villa in August 2016.

However, the Yorkshire club’s gaffer Chris Wilder could now call a halt to his recruitment drive with McBurnie set to become his EIGHTH signing of the summer as he prepares for the top flight.

SCOTLAND’S £20MILLION MARKSMAN…Oli McBurnie is poised for big-money switch.

United have agreed an initial fee of £17million for the hitman which will rise to £20million with add-ons, according to Sky Sports News.

It is the fourth time this window they have broken their transfer record. The 23-year-old scored 22 goals and made four assists in 42 Championship appearances last term.

Hoops boss Neil Lennon insisted last night he does not want to sell Sinclair who came on as a substitute in the 2-0 victory over Nomme Kalju in Estonia as his team booked a place in the Champions League third round qualifier against Romania’s Cluj with the first leg away a week today and the return at Parkhead the following Tuesday.

The Irishman, speaking to the BBC, said: “It’s just a little difficult period for Scott. A player with that experience is always so handy to have around. He’s got a great goal record and he’s had a great time at Celtic.

“So, we don’t want him to go, that’s for sure.”


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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