Clarets closing in on targets

Middlesbrough's Jelle Vossen attempts an overhead kick as he is marked by Norwich City's Sebastien Bassong during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Final at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 25, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Championship. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.
Middlesbrough's Jelle Vossen attempts an overhead kick as he is marked by Norwich City's Sebastien Bassong during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Final at Wembley Stadium, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday May 25, 2015. See PA story SOCCER Championship. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

Clarets boss Sean Dyche has revealed Burnley are closing in transfer targets, ahead of a training week in France.

After returning to Gawthorpe on Wednesday, Dyche and his players will take in a six-day trip to Évian-les-Bains in south eastern France, between Monday, and Saturday, July 11th.

A week today, they will open their friendly schedule against Swiss Third Division side Étoile Carouge in France at the Stade de la Fontenette.

After the departures of Danny Ings and Kieran Trippier, Dyche has added Aston Villa right back Matt Lowton to the pack, and sources in Belgium confirmed RC Genk striker Jelle Vossen – on loan with Middlesbrough last season – was in England for talks over a potential £3m switch on Tuesday.

Dyche has also been linked with Nottingham Forest wideman Jamie Paterson and Wigan Athletic midfielder Emyr Huws, and he said: “There are ongoing situations – usually this time of year the chess pieces start to move more freely.

“We’re in contact over a few situations that we think are coming to a point, but you never know.

“We’ve had that before and things haven’t quite worked out.

“We have some availability in terms of finances, but there are no guarantees with that in the past.”

Dyche added: “We’ve been linked with around 450 players so far, as usual, but I don’t like to talk about players that aren’t mine.”

Vossen appears to be a key target, after the departure of Ings, with the Belgian international’s club Genk reportedly asking for between £2.2m and £3m for the 26-year-old.

Vossen also has the option of a five-year deal with Genk, but is believed to be eager to stay in England after scored nine goals in 40 appearances for Boro on loan last season.

Meanwhile, Michael Duff held discussions over a new contract with the club on Tuesday, and is close to agreeing terms.

Duff, in his testimonial year – which includes a game against Bradford City at Turf Moor on August 1st – joined the club from Cheltenham Town 11 years ago for £30,000, and Dyche said: “Duffo’s in with us and we’re just tying up a few things.”

Burnley will travel to France on Sunday without Tom Heaton – who signed a new three-year deal on Tuesday – and Michael Keane, after their international exertions, and Dyche explained his intentions for the trip: “We will be working hard, but building into the really hard work, working with commonsense.

“We just wanted to get away for a change of scenery as a group, but we’ll be building up the work, it’s not immediate, the body has to adjust after a break, so we will look for the right balance.

“Tom and Keano will be back with us when we get back – Keano didn’t play as much as we thought he would for the Under 21s, but still needs a break.

“He would only have had five days, which is inhuman, so he needs a holiday.

“But he knows the demands, he will be able to relax, while keeping ticking over.”

After a week back at Gawthorpe, Burnley will make the short trip to neighbours Accrington Stanley on Saturday, July 18th, before the first team travel to Glasgow in the week commencing Monday, July 20th, taking in a game at Scottish giants Rangers on Tuesday the 21st.

The first friendly against Étoile Carouge a week tonight will be “low key”, as Dyche explained: “You sometimes want a game to get your eye in. We’ll approach it properly, but there will be a good mix of playing time as we’re taking a good group numbers-wise.

“We’ll find out where the players are at and work accordingly.”