Dyche hoping for head start

Transfer plans: Clarets boss Sean Dyche, pictured with Danny Ings, is preparing to bolster his squad for life in the Premier League

Transfer plans: Clarets boss Sean Dyche, pictured with Danny Ings, is preparing to bolster his squad for life in the Premier League

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Clarets boss Sean Dyche is yet to find out the extent of his Premier League transfer war chest.

But winning automatic promotion has given him a head start in his summer recruitment plans.

Had Burnley been forced to go through the play-offs, they might not be sure of their fate for another four weeks.

As it is, he can draw up a list of potential targets and move on them earlier.

Asked whether he has been told how much money there will be available, he admitted: “No,” but added: “There are some realities for the future of the club as regards structure and training ground and ground etc.

“But we’ve got an extra three or four weeks and navigate our way through the immediacy of trying to get players in, get agents in the loop, players in the loop, clubs, speaking to managers and that sort of thing.

“It probably does give us that extra bit of leeway in order to affect things.”

And there are still decisions to be made on players out of contract at the club.

Michael Duff, Brian Stock, Danny Lafferty, Junior Stanislas, Keith Treacy, David Edgar, Luke O’Neill and Chris Baird’s deals expire at the end of the season - with the club holding an option of an extra year in the case of Edgar.

Michael Kightly’s loan from Stoke also expires.

Asked whether some players can still sway him over a new contract, he said: “You never know. I think the players have been terrific.

“I don’t think there are any givens, I think every situation is taken on merit, every situation is taken on its own and we’ll decide as a staff what’s appropriate for what player and if players are not in the thinking then so be it, it’s the professional side of the game.”

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