It is a massive week for Burnley as Sean Dyche’s side prepare for the crucial second-leg of their Europa League playoff tie against Aberdeen.
Should the Clarets advance, the lure of playing at Turf Moor next season will be increased due to their European involvement and it could lead to a busy end to the summer as Dyche looks to prepare his side to battle on all fronts.
A number of incoming and outgoing deals are touted as we enter the final weeks of the transfer window. Here, we have identified five deals that could go ahead this week.
Alfie Mawson: Swansea City
Burnley are seeking another defensive addition before the window slams shut and a fierce fight could be on the cards, as Sky Sports names the Clarets as one of three Premier League sides vying for the services of Alfie Mawson.
The Swansea man was one of few bright sparks for the Welsh side last season, where the Swans suffered relegation to the Championship, and the club are demanding a figure of around £20m to approve the sale of the centre-back.
Talks between Fulham and Swansea for Mawson are said to be at an advanced stage, per Sky Sports reports, but the lure of playing in Europe could hand Burnley the key to landing the 24-year-old.
Aiden O’Neill to Gold Coast Mariners
A departure of a youngster could be on the cards at Turf Moor, with Goal reporting that Australian midfielder Aiden O’Neill will spend the season on-loan with A-League side Gold Coast Mariners.
The 20-year-old is rated highly at Burnley after signing at the club in 2014 and has spent time on-loan with Oldham Athletic and Fleetwood Town, making 27 appearances in League One with the latter last season.
O’Neill is seeking first-team action though and, having made five senior appearances for Burnley, could see a loan move down under approved this week.
Peter Crouch: Stoke City
Burnley are seeking experience for their return to Europe, as well as looking to fight at the top-end of the Premier League standings once again, and The Sun states that has led them to eye a move for Stoke City’s Peter Crouch.
The former England international, now 37, is reportedly subject to a £500k offer from Sean Dyche’s side, who are looking to hand the veteran striker the opportunity to stay in the Premier League following Stoke’s relegation last term.
After signing Benik Afobe from Wolves, new Stoke boss Gary Rowett will listen to offers for a player who has just 12 months remaining on his contract.
Sam Clucas: Swansea City
Another recently relegated player on Burnley’s transfer hit-list is Swansea midfielder Sam Clucas, with Sky Sports reporting earlier this month that talks between the Clarets and the south Wales side are continuing.
Burnley could improve their push for the 27-year-old, who they missed out on last summer, after learning their Europa League fate and it could be part of a double deal that sees the former Hull man joined in Lancashire by Alfie Mawson.
“If he was bad at the start of the season that is the surprise, because he is a player I wanted.”