Clarets boss Dyche: We must shop wisely

Charlie Austin battles for the ball.
Charlie Austin battles for the ball.

Clarets boss Sean Dyche admits that the club have missed out on striking targets due to the timing of Charlie Austin’s move.

A month ago, Austin was set for a £4.5m switch to Hull City, only to fail a medical.

But on Thursday - two days before the start of the season- QPR landed the 24-year-old, in a deal believed to be worth between £2.25m and £4m.

Dyche is eager to replace Austin, though he has had to alter his sights: “We’ve got things going on behind the scenes.

“There will be a financial implication, some of the players we were looking at will have changed clubs and so won’t be available, and some of those were in our market.

“Now it leaves a market where some are beyond our (budget). We need to shop wisely, keep our lines of communication open with a number of parties and see what we can build.”

Losing Austin just before Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Bolton was far from ideal, but he mused: “It’s a reality of the club where the books have to be balanced to some degree.

“I knew that when I came here. The club’s got a rich history but if you look through that history they’ve had to do that many, many times – develop players and sell them – and that will probably be part of the future, not just the history.”