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One in, one out: The Deadline Day deals Burnley should prioritise

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One in, one out: The Deadline Day deals Burnley should prioritise

The Clarets could add further to their squad with Europa League football to contend.

Burnley are facing the busiest deadline day of any Premier League club, as they will face off against Istanbul Basaksehir in the Europa League qualifying rounds later tonight.

The club pulled off the high-profile signings of Joe Hart, Ben Gibson, and Matej Vydra in the last couple days, but should not be done just yet.

Here are two potential ins and outs that Burnley should prioritise today.

Sign Jay Rodriguez from West Brom

According to Sky Sports, Burnley are interested in buying English striker Jay Rodriguez, a move that would reunite the 29-year-old with his former club.

The signing would be a savvy one, as Sean Dyche is in the market for an experienced Premier League striker, and Rodriguez is a natural finisher who can become the perfect poacher for the Clarets.

The West Bromwich Albion striker started his career at Burnley, progressing through the academy and making more than a century of appearances for the Clarets from 2007 to 2012.

 

Before moving to Southampton, Rodriguez scored 29 league goals in his final two campaigns at Turf Moor.

A return to Burnley would benefit both parties, granting Jay Rodriguez a Premier League reprieve and gifting Dyche a classy centre-forward for the upcoming season.

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Sell Nahki Wells

It was widely thought that Nahki Wells would be heading out on loan to Derby County as part of the deal that brought Vydra to Burnley, yet nothing has been announced as of yet with regards to Wells’ future.

The Bermudan attacker should be sold today, as he endured a poor 2017/18 campaign and seemingly has no future at Turf Moor.

Wells played a dismal 45 league minutes all season for the Clarets, making nine substitute appearances– while his longest involvement was a 10-minute cameo on the final day of the season.

Instead of a loan, Burnley would do well to offload the 28-year-old on a permanent basis and clear out underperforming players from Dyche’s squad.

Max is a journalist studying at the University of Pennsylvania. Max specialises in English football and co-hosts a weekly podcast. He is also a politics reporter and deputy news editor for The Daily Pennsylvanian.

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