Three players Burnley should sign on deadline day
Burnley manager Sean Dyche must be feeling relatively pleased with his dealings in the summer transfer window up until now, adding Leeds United striker Chris Wood to his squad in a club record deal.
Add Swansea City midfielder Jack Cork, Leeds defender Charlie Taylor and Stoke City’s veteran forward Jonathan Walters into the mix and there’s a balanced feel to the club’s dealings up until now.
But with £30 million still sitting in the bank at Turf Moor following Michael Keane’s switch to top-flight rivals Everton, there is still potential for a frantic last day of movement around the north-west.
The Boot Room takes a look at three potential signings that Sean Dyche could make on deadline day.
Surprising rumours surfaced from Sky Sports on Wednesday afternoon as Burnley are moving closer to agreeing a deal with fellow Premier League side Huddersfield for their out-of-favour striker Nahki Wells.
Huddersfield boss David Wagner had told Sky Sports back in June that he was willing to listen to offers for the 27-year-old this summer, with Wells falling behind Steve Mounie in the pecking order.
And the Clarets have emerged as surprise contenders for Wells, with it thought that Sean Dyche is looking for a different type of threat to that posed by record signing Chris Wood, Sam Vokes and Jonathan Walters.
It’s fair to say that Dyche could be spot on, with the Huddersfield striker able to provide a pacey approach in the final third that the outgoing Andre Gray had previously had, willing to sit on the shoulder of the last defender and utilise his raw acceleration to exploit back-lines with sharp and incisive runs in-behind.
The 27-year-old has scored 49 goals in 153 appearances for the Terriers since signing from Bradford and, despite not having Premier League experience, he may provide solid strength in depth at Turf Moor.
Should a deal for Wells not materialise for whatever reason, then it’s more than likely that Dyche would turn his attentions back to Deportivo La Coruna’s Florin Andone and attempt to force a move.
The Clarets have been heavily linked with the 24-year-old Romanian throughout the summer, with reports from IBTimes UK claiming Burnley have already seen an £11.8 million offer rejected this month.
However, an improved offer could tempt the La Liga side heading into deadline day, with Andone able to provide the pace and different dimension in attack that Dyche is wanting to complete his front-line.
The Romanian international scored 12 goals in his first season in Spain’s top division last time out and has shown he has a natural ability to find the net, and he could well be worth making a second attempt.
However, without a doubt the main worry with Burnley doesn’t lie in the striking department, instead concerning their defence, particularly after key-man Michael Keane left for Everton for £30 million.
The Clarets are yet to use the funds received from the sale of Keane to re-invest in their defence and, with options at the back fairly limited, they could do with splashing out on a central defender.
It’s a transfer that is extremely unlikely but Burnley could do a lot worse than targeting want-away Liverpool centre-back Mamadou Sakho, who heavily impressed at Crystal Palace during last season.
Although Palace are well and truly in the hunt to secure his signature this summer Liverpool are proving tough to negotiate with, who, according to Sky Sports, are unwilling to lower their valuation of around £30 million. This could give Burnley the perfect opportunity to make a shock swoop and steal him away.
They have the necessary funds behind them to buy the Frenchman following the exit of Keane and there’s little doubt that Sakho could bring some physical, no-nonsense play and some discipline to the defence.