Potential transfers for Burnley this Summer
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The summer transfer window is just a couple of weeks old and the rumour mill has been churning out names for fans of all clubs to get excited at the prospect of signing.

This is no different with Burnley.

Sean Dyche has never been one to splash the cash in the market but should be looking at a number of players to help improve the depth of his depleted squad.

Let’s take a look at the Clarets squad and see where the team could be improved and by who.

  • Goalkeeper

Dyche has typically found himself in a strong position with goalkeepers since the Clarets return to the Premier League in 2016.

Nick Pope, recently nominated for the League’s Player of the Season award, will be the interest of many bids this summer, and Bailey Peacock-Farrell is a young Northern Ireland International will also be pushing for the number one shirt.

Joe Hart left the club after being Pope’s understudy for two seasons but the Clarets should be in no rush to bring in a replacement, with young Lukas Jensen able to fill that third choice void when necessary.

If Pope was to leave, that will be a different story.

The East Lancashire based side will definitely be looking to replace the 15 clean sheet man with the money they will inevitably receive for him.

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A solid signing would be Ben Foster from relegated Watford.

The Englishman managed to keep nine clean sheets last season and his widely renowned around the League as one of the best.

He will be available but could be difficult to pry away from Vicarage Road as he has become a fan favourite in his two seasons at Watford.

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  • Right Back

Matty Cash is the name being shared around many fan circles to take the step up to the Premier League this season.

The Nottingham Forest right back has been a revelation after being converted from a winger in Sabri Lamouchi’s system.

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And the door will be open for him to walk straight in at Turf Moor.

Phil Bardsley is on his last legs a top flight professional, and Matthew Lowton is tipped with a move away after an injury hit campaign last time out.

£15-million is the rumoured fee but a bit of negotiation could see this lowered.

  • Centre Back

After Ben Mee suffered an injury during the restart, the lack of depth in Burnley's backline was apparent.

Anthony Glennon and Jimmy Dunne from the club’s academy featured on the bench as cover so, with Ben Gibson leaving the club after never getting a look in, first team quality is needed.

It seems that Dyche will be raiding The City Ground, with Joe Worrall being another name who could be making the move to Turf Moor.

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Worrall played a major part last season, regularly featuring as Forest fell just short of the playoffs after a last day meltdown.

Yet after signing a new contract until 2024 just this season, Worrall will command a high price, but funds could be available if James Tarkowski is sold, with Tottenham Hotspur being potential suitors.

  • Central Midfield

Much like the centre back dilemma, Dyche faced a similar problem across his midfield during the restart with Jack Cork and Johann Berg Gudmundsson missing the majority of games through injury.

Midfield depth is important and the club have got to replace Jeff Hendrick who departed at the end of his contract.

With Josh Brownhill and Ashley Westwood starting the final six games of the season as the only fit recognised central midfielders, another player of starting is needed.

Lewis Cook has always been recognised as one of the brightest talents in English football, captaining the youth sides for England.

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And as Bournemouth suffered relegation to the Premier League after a five year stay, Cook would be a brilliant acquisition and could slowly start to take the reins from Cork as the holding midfielder.

  • Wide midfield

This Burnley side have the identity of a big team not known for their attacking flair

Emiliano Buendia from Norwich City would bring that in abundance.

This would be another brilliant signing across the midfield at Turf Moor, as the Argentinian deserves to remain in the top flight after his side’s relegation.

Buendia created nine big chances last season, with seven of them being converted into assists, from statistics collected by PremierLeague.com.

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Only Westwood (11) and Dwight McNeil (12) created more in the Burnley team than Buendia so would be a dangerous asset to add to the midfield.

Where Cook would be a key piece in breaking up the play and controlling the possession, Buendia would be the one to create that little piece of magic that could turn draws into wins.

Turning three of the team’s nine draws into wins would have seen the Clarets finish in the top six, something that could have been achieved with more possession and more creativity, which these two would bring.

  • Strikers

And goals are needed too.

Chris Wood, who is a favoured choice for Lazio, top scored for The Clarets, with 14 goals which is a good return after the injury struggles he faced.

But it is not enough to push Burnley higher up the table.

Mid-table mediocrity could be just around the corner if recruitment stalls.

Youth needs to matched with experience, and the Clarets have a lot of experience in their frontline.

Ashley Barnes suffered from his own share of injuries this season, so Jay Rodriguez deputised after returning to the club last summer.

Matej Vydra also found himself in the starting line-up, featuring 19 times overall.

But the Czech Republic international didn’t pull up too many trees and the need for another goalscoring striker is required.

Ollie Watkins from Brentford is likely to be allowed to leave Griffin Park as the Bees failed in their push for promotion.

After the defeat in the Championship Playoffs Final, clubs have started to express their interest in the former Exeter City man.

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He scored 25 times in the 47 games he featured in, including the playoff campaign and has developed his game dramatically this season.

But, he does have many suitors so Dyche could be forced to look elsewhere at similar options.

Ivan Toney is a player that Burnley know a bit about.

He scored in the FA Cup Third Round defeat at Turf Moor and showed his physical capabilities for Peterborough United.

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The former Newcastle United product scored 24 times in League One before the season was curtailed, nine more than his closest rival.

Toney is tipped to be a Premier League striker one day, and Burnley should take a punt on the big man with other teams such as Celtic and Brentford being rumoured to be leading the race for his signature.

So Burnley should join that race and join it soon if they want to stand a chance.

The Clarets will never have a lot of money to spend, so to bring in a number of players will probably require a number of players to leave.

Pope and Tarkowski are being touted at moves to Chelsea and Spurs among others, and Burnley could do little to stand in their way of dream moves.

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