BURNLEY manager Sean Dyche says he is prepared to be patient to land his transfer targets.

Bids to sign Craig Dawson from West Brom and Henri Lansbury from Nottingham Forest have yet to get over the line.


Interest in central defender Dawson was registered more than a month ago, with the Clarets having a first bid in the region of £1million rejected.

Two further bids have also been knocked back by the Midlands club, while the 24-year-old has also had a transfer request rejected in the meantime.

Burnley too had an offer rejected by Forest for Lansbury earlier this month. But Dyche says he has no qualms about playing a waiting game to land the players he has earmarked.

“We’re still in the market, we’re still active, and we’re trying and trying, especially on two or three things that are building,” said the Burnley boss, who revealed the club had not set a timescale in which to get deals done. The only cut-off in the pursuit of their targets is transfer deadline day.

“It’s just the nature of deals. Deals can come in in many different ways and they can drag and then suddenly pop, or they don’t.

“I’m used to it,” said Dyche, who reiterated that the fee for Ross McCormack – moving from Leeds to Fulham for £11million – had impacted on the rest of the transfer market.

“It’s an interesting one because the Ross McCormack one has made things a lot more challenging.

“That seems to have upped everything. Everyone is suddenly adding a lot of money on players.

“It is what it is, it’s just the market. It’s just like selling your house. If one sells for a few quid down the road yours is worth more.”

Dyche remains defiant, but is mindful of the possibility that there may come a point when their focus does have to shift.

However, he insists he is prepared for that eventuality.

“There’s a lot of other work going on because we are aware of that,” said the Burnley boss, who is already pleased with how his squad his shaping up.

“We want competition, but I made it clear the team last year brought their own competition on with the way they went about their business.

“It’s an important factor, and they certainly this pre-season have looked like they’re willing to do that again, so we’ve been happy with that.”