Does Sheffield United's move for Lys Mousset rule out potential Oliver McBurnie deal?

Oli McBurnie of Swansea in action during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Swansea City and Manchester United at Liberty Stadium on October 24, 2017 in Swansea, Wales.

Sheffield United have been linked with Swansea City’s Oliver McBurnie.

Lys Mousset of Bournemouth during a training session at Vitality Stadium on April 26, 2019 in Bournemouth, England.

According to a report by Sky Sports, Bournemouth have accepted a bid from Sheffield United for striker Lys Mousset for a fee which could rise to a club record £9.5 million.

The report comes two days after Sheffield United reportedly saw a £15 million bid for Swansea City’s Oliver McBurnie turned down, with the player telling the BBC how he is flattered by the Blades’ interest.

Chris Wilder’s side have been fairly busy of late in the transfer market. The Blades have signed Phil Jagielka, Ravel Morrison, Luke Freeman and Callum Robinson so far.

 

Robinson arrived from Preston North End for a club record fee after a decent season at Deepdale. The 24-year-old, however, spent much of last season as an attacking wide player rather than a centre-forward.

Wilder is still evidently in the market for a striker, and Swansea’s McBurnie may have been his first-choice option with the former Bradford City man netting a whopping 22 goals last term.

But Swansea’s refusal to let him go on the cheap may have prompted the Blades to look elsewhere. The BBC claims the Swans want at least £20 million for McBurnie – a huge fee for a player with little top-flight experience.

Swansea striker Oli McBurnie in action during the FA Cup Fourth Round match between Swansea City and Gillingham at Liberty Stadium on January 26, 2019 in Swansea, United Kingdom.

Mousset may not have had the best of times since arriving at Bournemouth, but for less than half the reported McBurnie price, the French striker could be seen as better value for money.

The 23-year-old joined Bournemouth in 2016 from Le Havre. He has struggled for regular game-time at Dean Court, making just one Premier League start last term and another 23 appearances from the bench.

Mousset is still young and has his best years ahead of him. His five goals in eight France U21 appearances shows he has talent, and regular football at Brammall Lane could help him rediscover that sort of form.

20th April 2019, Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth, England; EPL Premier League football, Bournemouth versus Fulham; Lys Mousset of Bournemouth is frustrated after a poor header

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