Who should Burnley sign in January?
BURNLEY, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12: Burnley FC club badge before the Premier League match between Burnley and West Ham United at Turf Moor on December 12, 2021 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Joe Prior/Visionhaus)

With the January transfer window just days away, Burnley are certainly one Premier League club that could benefit from some reinforcements in the January window. 

Alan Pace has now been Chairman of The Clarets for a year now and Sean Dyche's squad could do with a few fresh faces if they are to beat the drop. 

The Clarets have increased their scouting network overseas since the new owners have arrived and the marquee signing of Maxwel Cornet this summer could open the door for more players arriving from abroad. 

There are a number of positions that Burnley could benefit from a new man to come in and the priority has to be a winger, a creative midfielder, striker and potentially a new centre back with James Tarkowski set to run down his current contract. 

Burnley have a number of players out of contract this summer and the best piece of business for them in January would be to tie down some of these players with new deals most notably, Ben Mee

Here is a few names to who The Clarets could take a look at in January to provide quality to the first team. 

  • Ross Barkley - Chelsea 

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This is a move that could benefit both parties. Although this deal would more than likely be a loan deal until the end of the season, Barkley is a player that could really help boost Burnley's season. 

Barkley is not getting much game time under Thomas Tuchel with him making a number of starts in the Carabao Cup and only making five appearances in the Premier League so far this season.

The former Everton midfielder spent last season on loan at Aston Villa and could be allowed to leave this window but what benefit could he bring to Burnley? 

He would provide an attack minded midfield option for Sean Dyche and this could be the missing piece of the puzzle for Burnley. Barkley would be able to play just in behind the strikers and provide some added quality to build up play and also the final pass into the forwards. 

It is certainly a deal that could happen and was rumoured as a Deadline Day deal in September, but the only issue from a Burnley perspective would be Barkley's wages but that is something the could be negotiated by Pace and co. 

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This young hot prospect is certainly one man on the radar of a number of Premier League clubs. The 20 year old is an ever present at The City Ground after his successful loan spell at Lincoln City in 2020/21 where he attracted the attention of a number of clubs. 

Johnson is a wide man by trade but could play in an attacking midfield role but with five goals and five assists he is certainly a man who can perform well on his day and would add quality to Burnley's squad both presently and in the future. His ability out wide to get a cross in but also he knows where the goal is so could be a man on Sean Dyche's radar perhaps? 

It could be a difficult move to materialise with several Premier League clubs interested in the Welsh International and with Nottingham Forest pushing towards the Championship Play-Off places, Steve Cooper will want to keep hold of one of his key men. 

He is certainly a player that would improve the squad at Turf Moor but it could be difficult in January. Burnley could potentially go in for him in the summer window depending on whether they stay in the Premier League. With many clubs interested in the wide man, whoever goes in for Johnson will have to act quick but there could be a high price tag. 

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Another man from the Championship but could certainly do a job in the Premier League. Campbell has come through the Stoke City academy in recent years and had been linked with a Premier League move. 

Campbell could have easily secured a move to a Premier League team with many rumoured to be interested back in the 2019/20 season but a knee injury ruled him out of action for a significant time frame. However, Campbell is back playing for The Potters this season and is again showing why he could play top flight football. 

He is a pacey centre forward by trade who has an eye for goal but could be a player that would work well in Burnley's system. Maxwel Cornet has been playing in a striker role since his arrival from Lyon but if Burnley signed Campbell, Cornet would be able to play in his natural wide position and Campbell can provide pace in attack alongside Chris Wood. 

Again this would potentially be a move for the summer transfer window but Campbell is a player that has been on Burnley's radar before and a deal may be possible as a result of the clubs making several deals in the past with one being just this summer after Nathan Collins' arrival at Turf Moor. 

  • Nat Phillips - Liverpool 

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According to a number of media outlets, Nat Phillips has stated his desire to leave Anfield with first team opportunities having dried up this season. Phillips was an unsung hero at Anfield last season with the number of injuries at centre back but it now seems he is surplus to requirements in Jurgen Klopp's squad. 

There isn't really a player that screams more Burnley than Phillips with his powerful nature and his strong ability in the air and could Turf Moor be a new home for the former Stuttgart loanee. 

Phillips could be available for around £15 million and with uncertainty around James Tarkowski with him set to leave at the end of the season, Phillips could be the answer for new partner for Ben Mee at centre back. 

This may seem harsh on Nathan Collins as he has performed well when he has come into the side this season but the Phillips deal would be heavily dependant on Burnley staying in the Premier League this season

Could any of these deals happen in the January or should The Clarets be looking towards temporary solutions in the loan market. Whatever happens, if Burnley don't make any improvements this January, they could be in real trouble.