Oli McBurnie: Sheffield United sign Swansea striker for club record £20m

Oli McBurnie
Oli McBurnie, who has seven caps for Scotland, joined Swansea for £250,000 from Bradford City in 2015

Sheffield United have signed Scotland striker Oli McBurnie from Swansea for a club record deal worth up to £20m.

The 23-year-old, who scored 24 goals in the Championship last season, has signed a four-year deal with the Premier League side.

It is the fourth time the Blades have broken their transfer record this summer following promotion.

"I'm confident he will be a tremendous success," Blades boss Chris Wilder said.

"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.

"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 initial fee for McBurnie is believed to be about £17.5m, with the rest of the offer dependent on add-ons.

Sheffield United have also signed forwards Lys Mousset and Callum Robinson, midfielders Ravel Morrison, Luke Freeman and Ben Osborn, former defender Phil Jagielka and keeper Dean Henderson this summer.

Bradford City, who sold McBurnie to Swansea in 2015, will get 15% of the profit, which is more than £2m.

Swansea City chairman Trevor Birch said Sheffield United's bid was one they "couldn't ignore."

"We did not want to lose him and had turned down three previous bids from Sheffield United over the last few weeks," Birch said in a statement.external-link

"But their fourth and final bid was at a level that we had to seriously consider.

"I had mentioned in my communications to our supporters previously that we would only sell if an offer came in that I felt we couldn't ignore.

"I believe the offer for Oli was at that level and we wouldn't be putting the future of the club and its supporters first if we turned it down, because I have to think about the long-term stability and sustainability of the club.

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