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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.

Nahki Wells

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.

Florin Andone

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.

Mamadou Sakho

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.

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Jay Rodriguez reunion at Burnley would suit both parties

The 28-year-old is a Turf Moor academy graduate.

Josh Kerr



Jay Rodriguez
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According to reports from Sky SportsBurnley are interested in signing West Brom striker Jay Rodriguez – a transfer that would be of benefit both parties.

West Brom want to reduce their wage bill, and Sean Dyche’s Clarets are recruiting for their journey in Europe next season, so the deal on paper makes perfect sense.

The forward spent five-years with his hometown club, before a £6 million move to Southampton back in 2012. The 28-year-old was made available after West Brom were relegated from the Premier League earlier this month.

Rodriguez needs a fresh start after enduring one of the more troubling seasons of his career so far. Relegation was overshadowed and clouded by an allegation that he racially abused Brighton defender Gaetan Bong.

He was charged by the FA, but the allegation was not proven. Despite scoring seven times in 37 league games for the Baggies, Rodriguez will agree it’s been a season to forget, and his former club could be the team to save him.

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The former Burnley striker was a fan favourite on Turf Moor before his move to Southampton six years ago, scoring 41 times in 128 appearances. He would give Dyche’s side more attacking depth which is an urgent requirement considering they have to juggle the Premier League with Europa League duties next season.

Meanwhilem Darren Moore is desperate to reshape his squad at West Brom and to do that he has to part ways with some of his more marketable players and Rodriguez fit’s into that category.

Burnley will surely be interested in the transfer considering the Englishman scored 11 goals in all competitions for a West Brom side that only managed 31 league goals in total.

The 28-year-old would also be moving closer to home, having been born in Burnley, and he remains one of the club’s most famous success stories from the academy.

The Claret’s should be bold and bring Rodriguez back to the team that discovered his talent. West Brom are desperate to offload their high earners, and the move would be perfect for all parties involved.

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Tom Heaton would be the perfect replacement for Joe Hart at West Ham

The 32-year-old is being valued at just £10 million.

Josh Kerr



Tom Heaton
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Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton has emerged as a potential replacement for Joe Hart at West Ham, according to reports from The Sun.

The report claims that Hart will not return to West Ham following his loan move from Manchester City. His mixed time at the club hasn’t given Hammers supporters a reason to demand a permanent deal for the England international.

The 31-year-old is unwanted by Pep Guardiola at the Etihad Stadium, and his poor form in East London has meant few clubs are showing an interest.

Instead, the East London side have turned their attention to Burnley and Tom Heaton as their new number one, with the 32-year-old keeper valued at £10 million.

The Chester born keeper began the season as Sean Dyche’s first choice but lost his place to Nick Pope after he suffered a dislocated shoulder last August.

The outstanding Pope and immediately staked a claim to be England’s number one in the summer World Cup. Due to his displays, he looks to have kept Heaton out of the team for the foreseeable future.

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Considering Heaton has been an England squad regular in recent years, it is difficult to see him happy to be the number two at Turf Moor and an exit for the former Bristol City keeper could be imminent.

With over 178 appearances in the Premier League, Heaton would be the perfect signing for a goalkeeper position that has caused a lot of headache for fans at the London Stadium.

Both Hart and Adrian have been in and out of the first team and neither has pushed their cause as to why they should be the standout choice for the number one spot.

At Burnley, Heaton’s move to the substitute bench is one of the more unfortunate stories of the season as no-one came close to the 6ft 2 keeper before his injury.

If it wasn’t for Pope having one of the greatest debut seasons of the Premier League era then it would have been a given to see Heaton come back in as number one.

His manager, Sean Dyche, will most likely want to keep him at the club, especially considering the club’s Europa League commitments next season.

However, the Burnley boss would also understand that a keeper of his quality is too good to be wasting the final years of his career on the sidelines.

If Heaton were to move to the London Stadium then West Ham will have yet another England international in their ranks.

However, this time they would be getting an assured, established Premier League keeper, who has been fundamental in Burnley’s success for many-a-year.

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Bristol City

Joe Bryan would be the perfect signing for Sean Dyche’s Burnley

The 24-year-old has had a fine individual season at Ashton Gate.

Jake Jackman



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Burnley have been the feel-good story of the Premier League over the last two years, as the club are set to complete a journey from the Championship to the Europa League.

The finances in football mean that it is difficult for a club to progress naturally, but the Clarets have shown that it is still possible and Sean Dyche has been the driving force behind their upwards trajectory.

One major reason for their success has been their recruitment.

The club have not tried to over-spend or sign players based on their reputation.

Their approach allows them to sign players tailored for their needs and it is no surprise that the majority of their signings over the last two years have fitted in seamlessly.

It would be a mistake if they changed their approach this summer, even with the added pressure of the Europa League.

In recent days, they have been linked with one Championship player that seems to be the perfect fit for the squad at Turf Moor.

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The Telegraph report that Joe Bryan has emerged as a target for the Premier League club.

They go on to state that Dyche is ready to offer £6 million for the Bristol City left-back as he tries to improve both the quality and depth of the squad ahead of next season.

The rumour mill is starting to accelerate and the majority of media stories need to be taken with a pinch of salt, but this does make a lot of sense.

If Burnley continue with the recruitment policy, Bryan would be a great fit for them and immediately improve their starting eleven at left-back.

Bristol City’s season slowed down during the second half of the campaign, but they have impressed those that have watched them regularly and Bryan has been one of their standout performers.

The left-back has contributed four goals and three assists in the league, in addition to two strikes in the League Cup including one against Manchester United.

He would add a much-needed attacking threat from left full-back and that would provide an extra dimension to the Burnley team.

Although his decision making and defensive contribution needs work, he is a very good young full-back with the potential to thrive in the Premier League.

Bryan is an aggressive defender, as shown by his average of three successful tackles and 3.2 clearances per game.

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At times, he can be guilty of committing to too many forward runs, but that is something that could be addressed.

Dyche is very good at coaching a defence and the 24-year-old would benefit from working with the Burnley manager.

Dyche will be the first to admit that it will be difficult to replicate Burnley’s success, especially with the scheduling problems caused by the Europa League.

However, it would be foolish to make any huge changes to how they are currently conducting business.

Joe Bryan may not be an international with lots of experience in Europe, but he would be a great signing for this squad and fit in immediately.

The Clarets should do everything in their power to secure his services.

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