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Three signings to help Burnley prepare for Europa League football

Burnley are in need of recruits following a 51-year absence from European competitions.

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Burnley are set for a historic campaign in the 2018-19 season, as Sean Dyche’s side prepare to make their Europa League debut.

The Clarets excelled in the Premier League last term, finishing seventh behind English football’s big six, and tackle Abderdeen in a two-legged affair in the second qualifying round, before having to overcome two more stages if they are to qualify for the group stages.

That means Burnley have a stern task ahead of them in what could be a gruelling campaign this season and the Clarets need to secure further additions to help them prepare for Europa League football – and these three players are perfect.

Jack Grealish – Aston Villa

The 22-year-old Aston Villa ace has endured a turbulent few years despite his young age, forcing himself back into Steve Bruce’s squad after early criticisms of his behaviour and shaking a bad-boy reputation that threatened to limit his development.

Grealish is now a crucial player for defeated play-off finalists Villa, making 30 Championship appearances last season and scoring three goals, along with contributing a further six assists. In the wake of Aston Villa’s financial crisis, he could be offloaded to raise funds.

The Mirror claims Grealish’s value has been reduced down to £20 million, half Villa’s initial £40m valuation, and that is certainly an affordable price for Dyche’s side and would present the opportunity for profit in the coming years.

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Josip Drmic – Borussia Monchengladbach

Capped 32 times by Switzerland and scoring ten goals, Drmic has a decent record at international level but has never quite managed to find his footing in club football, spending the past few years floating around Germany.

Bild state 25-year-old Switzerland international Josip Drmic could be allowed to leave for as little as €5 million this summer, presenting a bargain for Burnley, although Dyche may have to fend off some Premier League rivals for his services.

Entering the final year of his contract with Borussia Monchengladbach, Drmic would present a bargain for Burnley in the market and Dyche will hope he can rekindle the form that saw him net 17 goals for FC Nurnberg in the 2013/14 Bundesliga season.

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Denis Cheryshev – Villarreal

There is always at least one player who catches the eye at the World Cup, seemingly from nowhere, and one of the surprise packages in Russia has come from the host nation’s ranks in the form of winger Denis Cheryshev – who scored four goals in Russia’s run to the quarter-finals.

Remarkably, that is the same number he secured across all competitions for Villarreal last season in 31 appearances – of which only 11 came as a starter. It could mean that the Yellow Submarines are open to a sale and Cheryshev would be a bold option for Burnley.

With the offer of potential Europa League football and more regular first-team appearances, Burnley could lure the 27-year-old to England and take advantage of his rising stock following sensational World Cup displays.

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Burnley should pursue Aston Villa sensation Jack Grealish

Sean Dyche has signed quality from the Championship in the past.

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Burnley boss Sean Dyche is one of the very best English managers currently plying their trade in the Premier League and it remains to be seen whether he will get a shot at one of the country’s biggest jobs.

Dyche has done an incredible job in establishing the Clarets as a Premier League outfit and their stunning campaign during 2017/18 saw the club rewarded with a place in the coming season’s Europa League.

The 47-year-old isn’t particularly interested in shopping for stellar recruits and with one of the top flight’s smallest budgets he has previously recruited especially well from the Championship.

Chris Wood, Jeff Hendrick, Charlie Taylor and Robbie Brady have all arrived at Turf Moor from second tier clubs in recent years and it is clear that Dyche is open to signing the league’s very best talent.

With Burnley about to embark on a European adventure the lure of joining the Lancashire-based club has now increased and Dyche might once again look towards the Championship to tempt Jack Grealish away from Aston Villa.

It seems unlikely that the 22-year-old will remain at Villa Park as the beaten Championship play-off finalists battle severe financial difficulties this summer, with several of their first-team set to be the subject of interest from elsewhere.

Grealish is one of the country’s hottest properties and although bigger clubs might be interested in acquiring his signature the chance to play regular first-team football in the Premier League, and in European competition, might act as a massive incentive for the player.

With the right manager overseeing his development Grealish could become of the of the best talents in the Premier League in future years and Dyche might be just the tonic for a player who has previously lost his way somewhat.

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Jay Rodriguez reunion at Burnley would suit both parties

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

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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.

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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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