Burnley agree deal for Swansea City striker Michael Obafemi

Swansea striker Michael Obafemi shoots - Athena Pictures/Getty Images
Swansea striker Michael Obafemi shoots - Athena Pictures/Getty Images

Burnley have agreed a deal with Swansea City for Michael Obafemi to join Vincent Kompany’s squad in a significant move at the top of the Championship.

Kompany targeted the Republic of Ireland striker, who played in the Premier League with Southampton two seasons ago, to bolster his attack for the second half of the campaign and, after protracted negotiations between the clubs, the 22-year-old will now undergo a medical and complete the final formalities of the deal.

Obafemi has not played for Swansea since November and sought to move from the Welsh club when the opportunity to join the league leaders became apparent. Burnley currently have an 18-point cushion in the automatic promotion places.

Kompany is hopeful Obafemi can rediscover the form that saw him score 12 times last season and earn an Ireland call-up. He is expected to compete for a starting place with Jay Rodriguez and Nathan Tella, who are Burnley’s joint top-scorers with nine goals each in the Championship this season.

Burnley had made unsuccessful approaches for Obafemi earlier in the window, with Swansea wanting add-ons dependent on promotion to be included. Negotiations resumed at the start of this week before an agreement was finally reached.

Swansea have play-off hopes of their own under Russell Martin and are interested in Burnley's Ashley Barnes in a deal independent of Obafemi's. They are also frontrunners for Leeds' young forward Joe Gelhardt.