It has been an underwhelming season for Burnley, with the majority of the season spent hovering near the relegation spots, and a failure to pick up a long run of convincing results.
The playing squad has also been ravaged by injury, meaning that there has also been increased call for signings in the nearest window. Sean Dyche has had limited funds since promotion with Burnley, but now with the recent takeover by Alan Pace, fans have renewed optimism that their squad will get a much-needed boost.
The first thing to look at will not be potential players coming in, but more players that could be leaving, as well as positions that are looking weak. One main area is at centre-back, with James Tarkowski reportedly pursued keenly by Leicester City last summer.
Burnley's central defensive area has produced quality previously, with Michael Keane leaving for £30-million pounds to Everton in 2017, and it's looking like it would have been a similar fee should Tarkowski have left in the summer. His current deal expires next year and with the defender having rejected a new deal, it is looking like Burnley will look to get what they can, rather than let him leave for free.
The first player that has been heavily linked is Harry Souttar, a giant of a defender who would be a direct replacement for Tarkowski. He currently plays at Championship club Stoke City, having made 43 appearances this season.
Although a move to the Premier League will certainly prove attractive, convincing Stoke will be more difficult — the club managed to tie down a new deal for the centre back earlier this season. Burnley should be able to squeeze £15-20 million for Tarkowski, which would most likely be enough to fund this move.
A more shrewd signing from the rumour mill is John Lundstram, the ex Everton midfielder. Lundstram currently plays for Sheffield United, who sit in 20th place in the table after a dismal season, with their relegation confirmed just under a month ago.
This transfer is Burnley and Dyche to a tee- picking up a player for free as his deal will expire at the end of the summer, as well as signing a player from a fellow Premier League club.
Lundstram was one of Sheffield's standout performers in their breakthrough season, with his dynamism and power helping to break from midfield. He would slot in perfectly to Burnley's midfield, offering something different to Ashley Westwood — and he also has the work-rate to succeed under Dyche.
While there is still a lot that can change in the window for Burnley, one position that is definitely desired is a winger. Dwight McNeil has had to singlehandedly carry the burden as a creative wide-man, and he could do well from having an opposite winger that can also contribute.
A potential player could be Ademola Lookman, a bright and intelligent winger who has been one of Fulham's better players this season. Although he is an RB Leipzig player, he is likely to favour a return to England and Burnley could definitely be a good option; if Burnley can get the price right, he could be available on an affordable deal.