The Mirror says McBurnie is a loan target for Aston Villa.
Villa are eyeing up a raid on for McBurnie when the transfer window opens next month.
Villa need to boost their striking options with Jonathan Kodjia set to miss the rest of the season with an ankle problem.
Manager Steve Bruce has limited funds and that is why he is looking at the loan market.
McBurnie saw a loan switch to Barnsley fall through on deadline day in August.