Clarets transfer targets

Last updated : 30 May 2016 By The Editor's Chair

Sean Dyche's Championship winning Clarets and everyone's favourite Premiership winning Italian uncle had very similar setups last season. Rigid 4-4-2 frameworks  with solid back fours and both teams instilled with a "hard to beat, never say die" mentality.

Burnley seem hell bent on continuing to mirror Ranieri's Foxes, as they seek to consolidate amongst England's professional footballing elite in the Barclays Premier League.

The Clarets have been promoted 3 times in eight seasons, twice they have failed to stay up. This time around, Sean Dyche hopes to achieve avoiding relegation from the "Big League" for the first time.

All the signs point to the Burnley gaffer having two full sides at his disposal, a trick Ranieri pulled off remarkably well in his Premiership winning campaign.

Since winning automatic promotion and over the course of the last couple of weeks, Dyche has been targeting recruits for next season's return to the Barclays Premier League.

In the goalkeeping department, 24 year old ex-Bury and Charlton shot stopper Nick Pope is an obvious target. His two displays against the Clarets in the Addicks' goal earned rave reviews.

Charlton are unlikely to be able to hang onto the highly coveted young goalkeeper, following their relegation to League 1. Crystal Palace are also reported to be in the frame to capture Pope's signature.

An unexpected void has appeared in the Clarets' midfield following the surprise departure of Joey Barton to Glasgow's Ibrox. 3 names are firmly in the frame to replace Barton and strengthen Dyche's options for selection to the Burnley first X1 teamsheet.

Old target Henri Lansbury is in Dyche's sights again. A £2.5 million release clause may well be triggered to bring the Forest skipper to Turf Moor. The rumour mill is in positive meltdown on this one happening.

Former Bolton born, Seagull's midfield star Dale Stephens is also highly rated by the Clarets manager. Brighton's failure to achieve promotion may well see the 26 year old North West midfield dynamo being offered a Premiership deal with the Clarets.

Matt Lowton who was an integral part of Burnley's promotion winning side may soon be joined by his former Aston Villa team mate Ashley Westwood. 

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The Nantwich born 26 year old Villa midfield is still playing within a 5 year contract, signed in 2015. A lot will decide on the Villain's determination to keep hold of a well established Premier League midfield player and Burnley's determination to prise him away from Villa Park. Watch this space?

Established Clarets' wide men Scotty Arfield and George Boyd can expect competition in the form of Matt Phillips. The pacey QPR winger is likely to be returning to the North West where he enhanced his reputation playing for Ian Holloway's Blackpool.

Phillips cost the Loftus Road outfit a reported £5 million when he was captured in August 2013 on a 4 year deal. There is a similarity with the Lansbury situation in that he has only 1 year left on his contract. Add that to the attraction of being managed by Sean Dyche and a return to the Barclays Premier League may well see him bolster the Turf Moor squad.

Coming out of left field is the possible signing of Barnsley's star man Adam Hammill. Hammill who has been the driving force behind Barnsley's return to the Championship, may well be offered the chance to show what he can do at the highest level.

Sean Dyche is understood to be a huge fan of the product of the Liverpool FC Academy. Now 28, Hammill will never get a better chance to try and better the experience he had previously with Wolverhampton Wanderers, where he failed to make an impact on the then Premier League outfit.

Several up and coming wing prospects are reputed to be likely added to the Clarets' development squad. Tottenham's Grant Ward and Barnsley's Bradley Ash are names attracting a lot of interest from the Clarets' scouting network.

All in all it looks like a lively close season in the transfer market? Sean Dyche's high media presence and the Turf Moor outfit's return to the top flight, makes the Clarets a hard proposition to turn down (TEC).