BURNLEY are still doing their homework on the European transfer market as Sean Dyche insists it will take time for the Clarets to match the recruitment knowledge possessed some of their rivals.

Dyche is on the lookout for a replacement for Andre Gray after the striker's £18million move to Watford this week, while Burnley are also considering moves for a defender and a winger before the transfer window shuts on August 31.

The Clarets have been inaccurately linked with overseas targets, such as Napoli striker Duvan Zapata, but while Dyche is happy to bring foreign players into his squad he believes the club can't take a risk on stars from the continent as they try and expand their recruitment structure.

"The way that we’ve been attempting to operate is to have people in mind before these things happen but it’s very difficult," Dyche said of sourcing a replacement for Gray.

"This is a structural thing but inside the club one of the last areas that needs more work is recruitment and building a structure and a strategy, but it takes time.

"A lot is made of European players and us signing European players. This club has transformed from an English-thinking club when I took over, it has grown a bit and first time in the Premier League we tried to get players who can operate between the two divisions, now we’re a bit healthier and we've started to look at Steven Defour and Johann (Berg Gudmundsson).

"You spread your wings a little bit but everyone wants it doing overnight, if you do it overnight we all know the stories that happen. That’s where it becomes tough.

"If it goes wrong it really goes wrong, and if it goes really wrong someone needs to be there to catch it."

Burnley brought Ian Butterworth in as head of European recruitment this summer, but Dyche insists it remains a work in progress.

"We’ve got a few others scouts in now but it’s the layers of information," he said. "Often these big clubs have got years on us, they’ve been monitoring players for years, they build up massive amounts of information. We’re just starting that, probably about a year ago, to learn about the European markets and adding more staff and more information.

"That’s all it is. People say I don’t like foreign players, I couldn’t care where they’re from, as long as their good footballers, that’s the key.

"Getting it right as often as you can is still important at this club, some other clubs maybe not as important."