Burnley manager Sean Dyche may look to loans following departure of striker Charlie Austin (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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Burnley manager Sean Dyche may look to loans following departure of striker Charlie Austin
BURNLEY manager Sean Dyche may have to restrict his striker search to the loan market.
The Clarets boss is keen to add strength in depth before the transfer window closes on September 2.
Dyche is particularly keen to bolster his attacking options following the departure of Charlie Austin to Queens Park Rangers last month.
But with Burnley recording a profit of between £1million-£1.5m for Austin, once the 15 per cent sell-on clause to Swindon Town was taken into account, it remains unclear as to how much of that money, if any, will be recycled in the first team squad.
The Clarets received much less than they anticipated for their top scorer, after a failed medical led to the collapse of a proposed £4.5m move to Hull City.
QPR swooped for Austin but at a cut price, which has impacted on the transfer budget at Turf Moor.
Dyche knows a striker of that calibre will be hard to replace on a limited budget, which is why he is prepared to consider all options.
Asked if any incomings would be a permanent signing, or if a loan addition was more likely, he said: “It purely depends on the finances available.
“The board will be looking at the finance of what we can or can’t do.
“A loan fits because it’s a short term contract, or shortish term depending on whether it’s a season, but there’s no ongoing large contract to service.”
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