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Burnley boss not expecting to lose stars
BURNLEY manager Sean Dyche is not expecting to lose any of his out-of-contract stars this month, even if new deals cannot be agreed before the end of the transfer window.
First team regulars Lee Grant, Michael Duff, Chris McCann, Martin Paterson, Dean Marney, Ross Wallace would become free agents in the summer as things stand.
The contracts of fringe players Alex MacDonald, Kevin Long and goalkeepers Brian Jensen and Jon Stewart are also due to expire at the end of this season.
But, with 15 days of the transfer window remaining, Dyche said there are no attempts to try to recoup money through a January sale.
“There’s not an expectation of that at the moment,” said the Burnley boss, who insisted the club had not yet received any bids for any of his players, including top scorer Charlie Austin.
“It’s an authentic ‘no’.”
Dyche warned, however, the market could change at any given moment. He stressed, though, that the Clarets would be prepared for any eventuality.
“As we all know the window is what it is," he said.
“It can be slow, slow, slow and then in the last 24 hours, for whatever reason, it can go to the last day to do something.
“None of us can work it out, but it can be like that.
“Yet again we’re just trying to be in a position to adjust if that happens for us to get someone in, or for someone to get ours. But I don’t think we’re radically different to any other club.
“We’ve got good players who people will be looking at, but you will see that country wide.”
Dyche has previous experience of deadline day deals.
It is almost 12 months since he lost Marvin Sordell to Bolton Wanderers while manager of Watford, but the Hornets went on to mount a charge up the Championship table, even without their 10-goal striker.
“The biggest one last year was Marvin Sordell. Five minutes before I did the team meeting (for the game against Millwall) I got told ‘he’s not playing’,” Dyche explained.
“Ironically the big talk of the day was Adrian Mariappa going. In the end he stayed (until the summer) and Marvin went to Bolton.
“There was a very strong mentality about the group and they got on with it, and that’s the mentality that we’re building here. It’s onwards and upwards relentlessly and keep driving forward.”
Dyche is hoping for added strength in depth for the trip to Millwall on Saturday with Brian Stock available after suspension, while Martin Paterson has a good chance of returning to the squad following a hamstring injury.
Austin and McCann, who are also both having treatment for hamstring problems, and in McCann’s case the added complication of tendonitis, will be monitored in the run-up to the game.
“There are a few probables rather than possibles now,” said Dyche.
“Pato has come through training for a couple of days so hopefully that will continue.
“Charlie is progressing naturally. A hamstring strain is like that until it’s right.”