Oli McBurnie loan to Barnsley from Swansea rejected by Football League

BARNSLEY have been received a significant blow with the news that deadline-day recruit Oli McBurnie's loan move from Swansea City has been rejected by the Football League - due to paperwork issues.

NO-GO: Swansea City's Oliver McBurnie, right. Picture: PA.
NO-GO: Swansea City's Oliver McBurnie, right. Picture: PA.

The Leeds-born striker seemingly completed his move to Oakwell on loan for the 2017-18 season just before the 11pm deadline last Thursday, with both clubs announcing the move.

But the EFL confirmed this evening in a shock development that the paperwork sanctioning McBurnie’s move back to Yorkshire had not been completed in time, with the transfer being rejected by league bosses.

The news will come as a particular blow to head coach Paul Heckingbottom, who spoke about his happiness at signing the player - a big summer target - at the Reds’ pre-match press conference this morning.

The club have expressed ‘disappointment’ at the decision.

On the surprise development, Barnsley chief executive Gauthier Ganaye said: “We are naturally extremely disappointed, but we respect the English Football League’s decision and thank them for their communication throughout the process.

“Oli showed a huge desire to come and play for Barnsley Football Club which can only be admired and ultimately this decision will have the most impact on him.

“We are disappointed, but understand that although the player was identified as a significant target for the club over two months ago, we were unable to try and effect the registration until the last moments of deadline day.

“We wish Oli nothing but the best of luck back at Swansea City in their Premier League campaign.”