Dyche on lookout for pair of new strikers

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Sean Dyche is looking for a pair of strikers to replace Liverpool-bound Danny Ings and the injured Ashley Barnes.

While Dyche still has Sam Vokes, Lukas Jutkiewicz and Marvin Sordell at his disposal, he is keen to add competition for places up front, as Burnley look to challenge for promotion back to the Premier League.

We obviously want to be productive at that end of the pitch because we want goals in the side

Sean Dyche

Ings will complete a switch to Anfield next week when his contract expires, and Barnes is likely to miss most of the campaign after suffering cruciate and medial knee ligament damage.

Dyche said: “, and I think we have, but we want that competition.The front of the pitch is always important at any level.

“There are other areas we’re also looking in, and as I suggest, there’s lots of phonecalls and activity behind the scenes, and it’s just not for your knowledge.”

Barnes is on the long road to recovery, and Dyche added: “The op’s all done, it’s a freak situation– I’ve never seen anything like it.

“When you look at Vokesy, no one near him, Dean Marney had minimal contact, Longy jumped in the air and twisted his knee, and Barnesy, someone fell on him.

“They are the uncontrolables, you look at the way we work here, it’s well known about the strength of the group physically, and our soft tissue injury record was up again last season to an all-time high virtually.

“The only ones were Matty Taylor, outside of the cruciates, and you can’t do a lot about them, so it really is an anomaly, and we obviously hope that doesn’t come round again. It’s bizarre, it was a silly, not vicious challenge on Barnesy that didn’t need to be made, he lands on our player and he does his cruciate. You can’t imagine that would happen three times in a season and one at the end of the previous one.”