GARY Bowyer says he hopes to benefit from the transfer of former City striker Ollie McBurnie, revealing he would love to further strengthen his squad.

Earlier this week it was revealed City are in line for a transfer windfall of more than £2.5 million after Sheffield United agreed to buy McBurnie from Swansea City.

The deal for the Scotland international is for an initial £17million which is expected to rise to up to £20m with add-ons.

City are understood to have a 15 per cent sell-on clause for the striker, who joined Swansea from City for £250,000 in 2015. The 23-year-old made 15 appearances for the Bantams in his two-year spell, without scoring.

It is understood any McBurnie cash will be mainly used to get the club back on more of an even financial keel following last year's relegation, but some may be put towards the playing budget.

The Bantams have been busy during the summer, signing 10 new players as they make their return to League Two against Cambridge United today.

Speaking on any McBurnie cash for his future squad recruitment, Bowyer said: "I don't know, but I'd like to think there would be a little bit of it.

"Discussions will have to take place when the sale goes through.

"I would love to bring more in. We will have to see how the season starts and adjust accordingly.

"If we went with the squad we have got I would be more than happy. It's if and ands, pots and pans."

McBurnie, who scored 22 goals in the Championship last season, has agreed a four-year contract at Bramall Lane.

"We've had to be patient and work very hard to get Oli but I am confident he will be a tremendous success," Blades boss Chris Wilder told the club website.

"We need options at the top of the pitch and Oli, as anyone who has watched a significant amount of Championship football will tell you, offers plenty in that area."

Meanwhile, Bowyer added he knew for a couple of days prior to today's Cambridge clash what his starting line-up would be. He said: "The toughest element is when you are leaving people out.

"They have all given me a problem by being good in training and matches."

The Bantams boss added he has also given opportunities to defender Paudie O'Connor and striker Shay McCartan to prove their fitness ahead of the visit of Colin Calderwood's U's to Valley Parade.

Both have feature sporadically during pre-season and missed last week's final abandoned friendly at Rochdale.

Bowyer said: "They are back on the grass and training with us.

"We will give them as much time as possible."