DISCUSSIONS are still ongoing over when Burnley's trip to Wembley to face Tottenham next season will take place.

The release of the Premier League fixtures last week had the Clarets down to face Spurs at Wembley on Saturday, August 26 (3pm), the third weekend of the season.

But Wembley is unavailable that day due to the Rugby League Challenge Cup final and the game cannot be moved to the Monday due to the beginning of the international break.

That leaves Sunday, August 27 as a possible date for the fixture but it would leave limited time to convert the pitch back for football use and remove the sponsorship banners from the Challenge Cup that will be painted onto the Wembley turf.

Burnley and Tottenham are still in talks over when to host the game but the Lancashire Telegraph understands Burnley would be resistant to any attempts to switch the fixture to Turf Moor and travel to Wembley on the weekend of December 23 when the home game is currently due to be played.

The Clarets were left in a similar position at the start of last season when the fixtures handed them a trip to Anfield to face Liverpool on the second weekend of the season, only for the Reds to request the home and away games be reversed due to work on the Main Stand.

Burnley agreed to the request on that occasion and beat Liverpool 2-0, but it meant they faced a run of four successive away games in February, from which they picked up two points.

If the trip to Wembley was switched this season it would again leave Burnley with a run of four straight Premier League away games, beginning with a trip to Brighton and including games at Manchester United on Boxing Day and Huddersfield Town on Saturday, December 30.

West Ham's date with Southampton set for Saturday, August 19 at the London Stadium has been switched to St Mary's due to a clash with the World Athletics Championships, it was announced on Monday.