JANUARY is only three days old but the transfer window rumour mill has already cranked up to speed, shaking off the New Year hangover to try and whip us into a mid-season frenzy over who is going where and for what.

For Burnley there is no desperate need to dive head first into the window. There are certainly gaps to fill in the squad but with Sean Dyche’s side confounding the doubters to sit seventh at the turn of the year, just six points short of that 40 point total, reinforcements aren’t as necessary as at those clubs for whom the trap door looms.

Dyche is always keen to point out the difficulty of operating in the January window and last week he warned that any business is likely to come late.

“It’s more about availability in this window. It’s tough for that reason,” he said. “It’s very unusual to get anything done early.”

But Burnley will seek to be active. They were after a winger in the summer and the season-ending injury to Robbie Brady has made that position a priority.

Domestic options appear to be in short supply. A loan move for Aaron Lennon fell through on the final day of the summer window, with the winger having a change of heart over a Turf switch. That deal could be resurrected, but the 31-year-old has featured in 13 successive Premier League games for the Toffees, either from the start or off the bench.

West Brom winger James McLean is another whose name has been mentioned in dispatches and he would add the pace that the Clarets have occasionally been lacking in the final third.

But convincing the Baggies to do a deal could be tough, with Alan Pardew’s side locked in a desperate bid to beat the drop. McLean has been a late sub in their last two games but he has featured in 12 successive fixtures for West Brom.

The other area of Dyche’s squad likely to get some attention is centre back, with the recent injury to Ben Mee and suspension for James Tarkowski highlighting a lack of depth. While Kevin Long performed admirably in their absence there was no further cover beyond the Ireland man.

Celtic’s Croatia centre back Jozo Simunovic was linked with a move to Turf Moor in the summer and there is already speculation the 23-year-old could be back on Burnley’s radar having lost his place in the Hoops side.

Nottingham Forest’s highly-rated defender Joe Worrall is another name being linked with a move to the Clarets. The England Under-21 defender has made 24 Championship starts this season.

Departures are unlikely this month, despite speculation linking Jon Walters and Nahki Wells with temporary moves away.

But there could be decisions made on contracts, with Scott Arfield and Dean Marney entering the final six months of their deals.