Clarets boss Sean Dyche admits he is looking more to the loan market ahead of tonight’s 11 p.m. transfer deadline - while determined to retain his prized assets.
Dyche would like to bring in more new faces, having already landed striker Ashley Barnes from Brighton earlier this month.
But he is not in any rush, with the Football League’s emergency loan window reopening next Friday.
Dyche said yesterday morning: “I would think it’s unlikely for permanent signings, but we have a few loan scenarios open, and the loan window opens again next week.
“We’re trying to align those for the ‘what ifs’ and the demand on the squad going forward, but without the major finance, permanent signings are unlikely, unless something opens up.”
Asked about the possibility of key players leaving, with 21-goal striker Danny Ings and Kieran Trippier continually linked with Premier League clubs, Dyche said, simply: “No, no, no.”
Chief executive Lee Hoos is also expecting to ward off any interest in the pair, to keep the squad together for the final 19 games of the season, as Burnley continue their push for promotion.
As regards Ings, he declared: “I’m pretty confident. We’ve no desire to sell him.”
In the previous two January windows, Burnley warded off interest for Jay Rodriguez and Charlie Austin, who were ultimately sold the following summers, and Hoos added: “It worked with Jay and Charlie - we sent out the signals to say ‘don’t even waste your time calling us because we’re just not going to hear it’.”
Ings, like Trippier, will have a year remaining on his contract at the end of the season, and things will have to be re-eveluated then: “A lot of things could change in the summer. Danny’s just happy playing football here and I don’t want to do anything to distract him. Let’s see what happens between now and the end of the season.”
Hoos, meanwhile, didn’t rule out the possibility of bringing one or two players in before tonight: “Sean’s got a couple of irons in the fire so there might be one more if we can do it. Fingers crossed on that one, there may be two, who knows.
“The balance of it is now, whoever we bring in, he’s got to fit in with how our group works, and the way our group works right now is really good.
“All of it depends on who the player is. It could be a loan move, it could be a permanent.
“The problem we have is convincing someone to come in and fight for their place.”
• Ross Wallace came through 90 minutes on Wednesday night as Burnley beat Oldham on penalties at Turf Moor to reach the semi-finals of the Lancashire FA Senior Cup, and will come back into Dyche’s thinking for the trip to QPR.
Dyche also hopes to add Keith Treacy (neck) and Danny Lafferty (thigh) to the squad.