Will Leeds United be kicking themselves if Aston Villa sign Oli McBurnie?

APOEL's Spanish head coach Thomas Christiansen gestures prior to the Europa League group B football match beetween Young Boys and APOEL at the Stade de Suisse in Bern on October 20, 2016.

Leeds United failed to land Swansea City striker McBurnie in the summer but the 21-year-old is now on the radar of Aston Villa.

Swansea City's English striker Oli McBurnie (R) vies with Manchester United's DR Congo-born defender Axel Tuanzebe during the English League Cup fourth round football match between Swansea...

It is no surprise that Oli McBurnie has emerged as a January target for Aston Villa, according to the Sun on Sunday (3rd December page 65).

A long-term injury to Jonathan Kodjia has left Villa light in attack and, with Financial Fair Play restrictions limiting spending, owner Tony Xia admitted to the Birmingham Mail last week that loan signings would be the order of the day.

And who better to bring in than a striker who scored 20 goals for Swansea City’s Under-23s this season, winning the Premier League 2 Player of the Year award in the process, and is crying out for a chance to show what he can do in the senior game?

Swansea City player Oliver McBurnie with his Premier League 2 award is congratulated by team mates at Swansea City's training ground at Fairwood on February 9, 2017 in Swansea, Wales.

But with McBurnie linked with a move to Villa, you wonder whether this will elicit a response from Leeds United – the fellow Championship giants who were interested in signing the Scottish youngster in the summer.

The Sun claimed in August that McBurnie was on Leeds’ radar after a stellar season for Swansea in 2016/17. And with Leeds seemingly in need of one more striker in the January transfer window, McBurnie should again come into consideration.

Oliver McBurnie of Swansea City (L) in action during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Tottenham Hotspur at the Liberty Stadium on April 5, 2017 in Swansea, Wales.

The 21-year-old may have played just 83 minutes of Premier League football this season but his form for the second string remains as impressive as ever. McBurnie has nine goals in six games, including a hat-trick against the much-vaunted Chelsea reserves in October.

So with Villa preparing their move, Leeds may end up kicking themselves if McBurnie plays a crucial part in the play-off race in the second half of the season.

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