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Burnley boss confident of keeping stars
BURNLEY boss Sean Dyche intends to preserve his key players on transfer deadline day.
The Clarets manager’s bid to strengthen his side remains an ongoing process, with any new arrivals more likely to be on loan, despite reports linking them with a permanent move for Brighton striker Ashley Barnes.
But Dyche is equally mindful of the need to keep the bulk of his squad intact, and expects to get through Monday’s 11pm cut-off unscathed.
“We value what we’ve got, we think we can work with what we’ve got,” he said.
“I think it’s fair to say at the moment the board are stable in the sense that it would take a very, very, very large offer for any of our players to leave, unless we thought it was appropriate for the player to leave.
“There might be some business going out to free up some wages for other options, but it takes other parties to agree.”
Midfiedler Marvin Bartley is expected to have his loan with Leyton Orient extended after the initial 28 days. But in terms of incomings, a half a million pound pricetag for Barnes appears to have priced Burnley out.
The Clarets are believed to have been in contact with the Seagulls about signing the 23-year-old, who is in the last year of his contract.
It was reported that a fee of £500,000 had been agreed between the two clubs. But while Burnley boss Dyche said that figure was currently out of reach for, despite selling Charlie Austin to QPR for up to £3million earlier this month, Brighton issued a ‘hands off’ warning.
Our sister paper, The Argus, reported that they understood Burnley had expressed an interest in Barnes but that the Plymouth youth team product was ‘well out of their price range’, adding that he remained in the plans of head coach Oscar Garcia, who has seen his strikeforce beset by injury.
Asked about the link to Barnes, Dyche, who is also believed to be tracking St Etienne midfielder Guirane N’Daw, said: “He is one of about 15 names that have been linked with us. You sell a high profile striker like we did and then all of a sudden every striker that comes along is linked with us.
“I’ve never heard that we’ve got anywhere near £500,000 for Ashley Barnes. There are no figures from our point of view that have been banded around for any player so far.
“The club is looking at how we could structure some finance, but that (£500,000) is a pretty big figure in our world at the moment, so loans look a more simple and viable option for a club like ours at this moment in time, financially speaking.
“There has to be the idea of forward thinking as well.
“If, hypothetically, you’ve got a 31-year-old who’s going to cost you £750,000 then most chairmen and boards, and even fans, will say ‘that’s a lot of money for a 31-year –old’ because you might not get a return on it. You probably won’t.
“Some of that comes into the thinking. How much could we speculate on someone who we can use for now to help develop what we’re doing now with the team and the group, but also build for something for the future.
“That investment would be looked at accordingly.”
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