It could be a memorable season at Burnley, with Sean Dyche’s side fighting to secure regular European football at Turf Moor.
The Clarets have a couple of hurdles to overcome if they are to seal their spot in the Europa League’s group stages and also face a stern test ahead in the Premier League as they battle to secure a European spot once again.
New additions have been lacking in Lancashire but Dyche’s club made a statement of intent last week by landing Ben Gibson from Middlesbrough in a club-record deal, with further additions planned in the final days of the window.
Here, we have identified four deals that could go ahead this week.
Joe Hart: Manchester City
Burnley have turned to the market for a familiar name in their pursuit of cover between the sticks, with Nick Pope dislocating his shoulder against Aberdeen and Tom Heaton fighting to recover from a calf injury.
The Clarets could start the season with three England internationals to choose from, with The BBC amongst many reporting that Manchester City’s Joe Hart is set to undergo a medical with the club ahead of a proposed transfer.
Hart missed out on a spot for the World Cup in Russia after disappointing loan spells with Torino and West Ham, with the 31-year-old now targeting a permanent exit from Pep Guardiola’s side.
Harold Moukoudi: Le Harve
Dyche’s rebuild of Burnley’s defence is not yet complete as he is understood to be eyeing further cover for Gibson, Ben Mee and James Tarkowski ahead of a potential fight across numerous fronts in the 2018-19 season.
The Daily Mail states Burnley are rivalling fellow Premier League side West Ham in the hunt for Le Harve’s Harold Moukoudi, with talks ongoing to secure a deal worth around £10.7m for the 20-year-old defensive talent.
While he may not immediately become one of the first names on the team sheet, he can provide a stellar option moving forward.
Troy Deeney: Watford
Sean Dyche wants to bolster his attacking options before the transfer window slams shut later this week and has targeted a move for experienced Premier League forward Troy Deeney, who also happens to be Watford’s captain.
ESPN stated over the weekend Burnley had offered a five-year deal to the 30-year-old, which can certainly be considered a risk, but The Watford Observer says that the Hornets rejected a bid said to be worth around £9m – with Javi Gracia keen to keep Deeney at Vicarage Road.
“Yeah, for sure [I want him to stay]. I think all of the players are important, and for sure, Troy is one of them.”
Sam Clucas: Swansea City
A saga that has rumbled on for a while, Burnley’s pursuit of Swansea City midfielder Sam Clucas is set to reach a conclusion one way or another this week – and there could be a number of twists in the tale before Thursday’s deadline.
WalesOnline stated at the weekend that Clucas was set to undergo a medical with Burnley but the situation seems to have changed significantly, with The Lancashire Telegraph now stating a proposed £8m transfer is off.
Differences over personal terms are said to be at the root of the problem, meaning a deal could be reignited if one party softens their stance.