Sheffield United press ahead with talks aimed at bringing Scotland international to Bramall Lane

Talks between Sheffield United and West Bromwich Albion are continuing, ahead of a potential swap deal involving Oliver Burke and Callum Robinson.

Wednesday, 26th August 2020, 5:00 pm

Despite travelling to Edinburgh for pre-season training with his squad earlier this week, United manager Chris Wilder is receiving twice daily briefings on the progress of the discussions after identifying the Scotland international as a potential new signing.

With United losing a significant portion of their transfer budget because of the disruption caused to last term’s fixture schedule by the Covid-19 pandemic, Wilder believes it makes sense to ask for Burke in exchange rather than negotiate a fee for Robinson - who helped West Brom win promotion from the Championship after joining them on loan in January.

Although Wilder would be happy to retain Robinson’s services - he selected him in the starting eleven for Tuesday’s friendly against Dundee United - Burke is viewed as possessing qualities which could help United establish themselves as a top-flight club. Despite failing to settle in the Midlands, the attacker became the most expensive Scottish player in history when he joined RB Leipzig for a reported £13m four years ago. Still aged only 23, Burke began his professional career with Nottingham Forest and has also represented Bradford City, Alaves and Celtic on loan - scoring four times in 14 outings for the reigning Scottish Premiership champions.

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Robinson, capped 12 times by the Republic of Ireland, has netted twice in 20 appearances since moving to United from Preston North End last summer.

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Chris Wilder is receiving briefings on the progress of Sheffield United's talks with West Bromwich Albion: Simon Bellis/Sportimage