Report: Sunderland agreed Oli McBurnie deal before dramatic Barnsley swoop

Chris Coleman manager of Sunderland reacts during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Reading at Stadium of Light on December 2, 2017 in Sunderland, England.

Sunderland were convinced they had sealed a deal to bring Swansea City's Oli McBurnie to the Stadium of Light, but he joined Championship rivals Barnsley.

Oliver McBurnie of Swansea City in action during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Swansea City at Selhurst Park on August 26, 2017 in London, England.

Oli McBurnie just doesn’t do quiet deadline days.

The Swansea City youngster had agreed to join Barnsley on loan during the final day of the summer transfer window, only for the deal to fall through as the paperwork had not been completed in time.

But, six months later, McBurnie finally got his move to Oakwell. As reported by the Yorkshire Post, Barnsley have beaten substantial competition to sign the 21-year-old striker on loan for the rest of the season, leaving Rangers and Sunderland choking on their dust.

Christian Atsu of Newcastle United wins a header over Oliver McBurnie of Swansea City during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Swansea City at St. James Park on January...

According to the Sunderland Echo, Chris Coleman’s side were convinced they had wrapped up a move to bring McBurnie to the Stadium of Light until the summer, and had even agreed a deal with the Scotland under-21 international.

That was before Barnsley swooped in to finally sign a player they had agonisingly missed out on just a few months ago.

Fortunately, Sunderland did ease their frustrations somewhat by striking an alternative temporary deal, bringing in Ashley Fletcher from local rivals Middlesbrough. The 21-year-old had struggled badly at the Riverside following his £6.5 million summer move from West Ham United.

Ashley Fletcher of Middlesbrough during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough at City Ground on August 19, 2017 in Nottingham, England.

But it remains to be seen how much impact the race for McBurnie will have on the relegation fight.

As it stands, Barnsley are just two points clear of 23rd-placed Sunderland, and Coleman will be praying their one-that-got-away does not fire the Tykes to safety at the Wearsiders’ expense.

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