SEAN Dyche says Burnley are “actively looking for big signings”, with the Clarets lining up a move for Brentford striker Andre Gray, ahead of the two teams meeting tomorrow.

The Clarets boss insisted Lukas Jutkiewicz remained part of his plans despite being named as the player who would be traded in the now failed bid for Nottingham Forest midfielder Henri Lansbury.


The Forest captain was on the verge of joining the Clarets, after a prolonged pursuit that would have seen striker Jutkiewicz going the other way.

But following talks with Forest owner and chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi, Lansbury had a change of heart and on Wednesday night decided to stay at the City Ground.

Burnley have now had to re-evaluate their search in a bid to strengthen their midfield, but have turned their attentions back to their frontline with the transfer window closing in 11 days.

Gray turned down a proposed £9million move to Bristol City, and Dyche said the Clarets were prepared to “push our boundaries” financially in order to bring players in before the cut-off.

The 24-year-old could sign for a club record £6m with the striker believed to have chosen Burnley over Hull, although West Ham retain an interest.

“We are looking to spend as much money as we can,” he said.

“We are operating with situations that will push our boundaries, there’s no two ways about it.

“We are actively in the market, and I don’t mean at a very little level. We are actively trying to look for big signings, and if it needs big money we will back it.

“Of course there’s a limit, I must make that clear.

“But we’ve made signings already, we will make more signings as and when needed and we are attempting to do so.

“People say ‘they’re trying to keep the money back’. I’m not and neither are the club. We have an amount of money that safeguards the club. We’ve brought money in from transfers. At the minute we’re actually in front of the game with what we’ve brought in and what we’re spending. But that’s not the point, the point is we have money to spend.”

Despite already adding Jelle Vossen, Rouwen Hennings and Chris Long to his forward options, Dyche revealed that he would consider bringing in another striker.

He said: “We’ve signed two or three centre forwards, it doesn’t matter if the fourth becomes available and we think he’s right then we’d go and sign him, because the market’s so flexible.

“We are open minded about our targets. And it stands to reason, centre forwards you can never have enough.

“I had a first season here when we had two recognised ones and a couple of young lads. That was absurd the other way because it’s too few.

“Now if we had four, five, six you can never have enough centre forwards.”

Dyche has never spoken about the Lansbury link, but generally speaking added: “It is very difficult.

“It’s frustrating, you have your list of players.

“You can’t sign them all, you have to have a list? What happens when your list of five runs out? That’s happened before. That’s with money or without money.

“The market is just what it is and it is tough.

“Hopefully there will be situations that arise that surprise people, how far we’ll go into the market, but we shall see.”

Asked how Jutkiewicz had been unsettled by the speculation, Dyche said: “I don’t see why it would be. He speaks to me. The one thing my players know is I always tell them the truth. If they ask me anything they’ll get a truthful answer.

“I’ve never mentioned anything to Juke.

“What isn’t out there about any player at any given time? It’s never been specific from me.

“Juke’s absolutely fine, he’s got every chance of playing on Saturday. They’re wise enough to understand all the rumours. They all know now.

“It can only be relevant if it’s from my end because he’s my player.

“It’s not relevant what anyone else says, it’s only relevant what I say and what I say to the player.”

Despite constantly striving to do his transfer business in private, Dyche said the public nature of the Lansbury saga did not bother him.

“It hasn’t affected me, it never does,” he said.

“I have a way of working. I think it’s appropriate for me, the football club, the staff, the fans. We just try and do what we can do and we do it as quietly as we can.

“We be as direct as we can with the people we’re dealing with and if other parties choose to talk about other things that’s up to them. We choose not to.”