Transfer Talk: Burnley's summer so far
With the transfer window in full swing, ESPN FC's Burnley blogger Jamie Smith discusses how Sean Dyche's side is shaping up ahead of the new season.
IN -- Michael Kightly (Stoke City, undisclosed), Marvin Sordell (Bolton Wanderers, undisclosed), Matt Gilks (Blackpool, free), Matt Taylor (West Ham, free), Steven Reid (West Bromwich Albion, free), Lukas Jutkiewicz (Middlesbrough, undisclosed)
OUT -- Junior Stanislas, Keith Treacy, Chris Baird, David Edgar, Brian Stock and Nick Liversedge (all released)
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Around another 10 million pounds at the most, but it's likely some of this is being held back for the January transfer window when we may need reinforcements. That budget would also rise if star striker Danny Ings is sold, but the club is currently insisting he is not for sale and it looks like he's staying for another year, which would see out his contract. However, an offer of 10 million pounds would probably see him leave, especially as he could move abroad for no fee next year.
All our budget is from our promotion windfall and Burnley fans are hoping we spend it more wisely than we did last time we went up five years ago. We've only spent around two million pounds on fees so far so everyone is expecting a couple of big deals to get done before the start of the season, otherwise we look short in key areas down the spine of the team.
Rate your business so far
6/10. It's been steady so far with six arrivals and only around four million pounds spent. All of the new arrivals will provide solid cover, but it's arguable none of them will be regular starters apart from Kightly, who was at Turf Moor on loan last season, and Jutkiewicz until Sam Vokes is fit.
Craig Bryson seems to have been one of the main targets for the summer but he signed a new deal at Derby County after seemingly using our interest to get a better contract. That was annoying, especially as he would have been a perfect fit for our midfield.
Elsewhere, it's just a case of "waiting for things to align", as manager Sean Dyche is keen to remind us on a regular basis. Burnley are likely to have the smallest budget in the Premier League by a distance, and the lowest wage bill, so we have to be a bit cute with the players we go after as we simply can't compete with any other top flight club on a financial level.
Who should be sold?
Dyche will be determined to keep last season's history making squad together and the only player being linked with a move away is Ings, who is in demand after a superb season that saw him named the Championship's Player of the Year at the age of just 21.
There's been a lot of talk about the up and coming forward as it would arguably be bad business to lose him for nothing in a year's time, but if his goals help to keep us up this season he would leave with our blessing. It's a tricky one for the club, but they have held firm so far and Ings seems happy to stay.
Kieran Trippier is our other high profile player but he signed a new contract at the start of the summer so is going nowhere.
There would be few tears if Ross Wallace was to find a new club, but supporters are hoping there are no outgoings and a few more incomings before the big kick off against Chelsea.
Who should be signed?
Troy Deeney is the name that has been in the newspapers all summer.
Dyche worked with him at Watford and Deeney been one of the Championship's top strikers for the last two seasons after getting out of prison, so he looks a solid target. But Watford are not keen to sell and unless Deeney angles for a move, we might struggle to prise him away. We've reportedly already had an offer of five million pounds for him turned down, which would smash our transfer record, but we may not want to go much higher. Watford apparently want ten million pounds for him.
Craig Dawson looks like one who will sign. The West Brom defender would go straight into our defence alongside Jason Shackell and he is a player of huge potential. Dawson hasn't really had a chance at The Hawthorns and he's from the area, so it looks an obvious move all round.
Callum McManaman is a name that has come up recently and the Wigan player could be the sparky, speedy winger we need. Pretty quiet apart from those three -- Dyche keeps his cards close to his chest. Youngsters Kaiyne Woolery and Gboly Ariyibi are on trial.
Problem solving: What do you need?
We need central midfielders to provide competition for David Jones and Dean Marney, although Taylor and Reid will be decent cover. Last season we really struggled when Marney was unavailable, so Dyche will want to improve his options in the middle of the park after Stock and Edgar were allowed to leave.
Manchester City's young midfielder Emyr Huws might be worth a loan bid. He impressed for Birmingham City against us last season, smashing in a volley from well outside the box. Another youngster who we could target on loan is Nathaniel Chalobah. The Chelsea England under-21 man is a big strong boy who can play at the back or in central midfield. Manchester United's Nick Powell may be an interesting move and Jordon Mutch impressed for Cardiff last season in a struggling side. Oliver Norwood would be a popular buy as he's a local lad.
I also really like Brighton's Rohan Ince. He's only 21 but plays like a much more experienced man and he can play the holding role as well as anyone in the Championship despite his youth.
If the budget is there to get him, James McArthur from Wigan would be absolutely spot on.