BURNLEY boss Sean Dyche admits the transfer market is getting more difficult with every window.

The Clarets have made bids for players but have yet to make a signing this summer, with the window closing earlier than usual on August 9.

Burnley have had a combined offer of £25million rejected by West Brom for Jay Rodriguez and Craig Dawson, while Fulham look set to beat them to the signature of Swansea centre back Alfie Mawson.

They are not alone in their frustrations, with Spurs and Crystal Palace also so far thwarted.

But on the flip side Brighton, Championship winners Wolves and Southampton have each spent upwards of £54.5m, while newly promoted Fulham (£35m) and Cardiff City (£28.5m) have also splashed the cash.

Dyche broke Burnley’s transfer record to bring in striker Chris Wood from Leeds last summer and said he will have to go higher still with the budget.

“There’s some money going around, if you look at what Brighton have spent - a lot - Cardiff have spent a lot, Fulham seemingly haven’t stopped spending, Huddersfield have spent a lot,” he said.

“They are pushing their own markets and their own parameters financially, and we might have to do the same.

“It’s not the rights or wrongs of the market any more, people just pay whatever that deal takes.

“It’s a tough market, there’s no two ways about it. It definitely gets more difficult every year, not just the numbers, because everyone wants as many options as possible.”

And Dyche said the idea of a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ was gone.

“I’ve only been doing it seven years and at the beginning when the agent said ‘okay’, that was it. Now that doesn’t exist. Now that doesn’t exist, now it’s ‘yeah, we want to do it’ and telling someone else they want to do it, and so on and so on until it pushes and pushes it. And the clubs are the same.

“That’s what’s changed.

“I could tell you there is (something happening) and then they go away.

“That’s happened on a few occasions to us. It’s not a negative thing, there’s just no news waiting this second.”