Sheffield United centre-forward Oliver Burke is attracting interest ahead of the January transfer window.
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That’s according to a report by Football League World, who claim that both Middlesbrough and Blackburn Rovers have maintained their interest in the Blades striker, whom each club registered their interest in during the closing stages of the summer transfer window, and may look to sign the 24-year-old in the winter market.
Previous reports claimed that Slavisa Jokanovic had given the Sheffield United board the green light to sell the Scotland international this summer, in a bid to fund the 53-year-old manager’s own moves in the market – suggesting this could once again be the case in January.
Considering Burke cost Sheffield United around £5.85m plus Callum Robinson, in addition to the fact the centre-forward earns a princely £19k-per-week at Bramall Lane, it is a fairly easy argument to make that the Scot has been something of a waste of money for the Blades.
Indeed, over his 25 Premier League appearances last season, the £5.4m-rated man scored just one goal, registered one assist and missed three big chances for his side, as well as hitting the target with an average of a mere 0.2 shots per game.
Things have not improved over the striker’s three Championship appearances so far this season, with the former RB Leipzig forward scoring no goals, registering no assists and creating no big chances for his teammates, returns which have seen him average a SofaScore match rating of 6.53.
As such, should Middlesbrough and Blackburn indeed make a move for Burke in January, it would appear highly advisable for Jokanovic to get rid of the centre-forward, as it would very much seem as if he is stealing a living at Sheffield United at present.