Burnley boss Sean Dyche: "We are on the lookout, we have got some situations that we think might come available, but we're having to work with the shifting sands of the market."

Burnley boss Sean DycheBurnley boss Sean Dyche
Burnley boss Sean Dyche
Burnley boss Sean Dyche has identified the holes that need filling in his squad and confirmed that the club has irons in the fire this transfer window.

The Clarets have already brought in former Wolves goalkeeper Will Norris and teenage Portadown left back Dane McCullough ahead of the new campaign, but they're actively working on a number of other situations in the market.

With Jeff Hendrick, Aaron Lennon, Joe Hart and Adam Legzdins departing at the back end of last term, Dyche is keen to replenish the numbers within his group.

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Burnley have already been linked with a plethora of names - most notably Liverpool's Rhian Brewster, Angers midfielder Baptiste Santamaria and Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall - as the start of the 2020/21 season closes in.

"When players walk into the dressing room it gives you a little pop and it gets them on their toes a bit," said Dyche, in conversation with Alan Brazil on talkSPORT. "I think that's helpful, but I don't think it's a pre-requisite.

"The players have shown that they're all aligned, they all want to take on the challenge, whatever that may be, so we're really focused on the group we've got. If we can add to that and move it forward by getting players in then we will do.

"We're definitely looking out, we've got our feelers out on a number of situations, we know the holes that have been left, we've tried to pre-plan for that, but it's not always that easy.

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"We are on the lookout, we have got some situations that we think might come available, but we're having to work with the shifting sands of the market."

Dyche, however, has already added Josh Brownhill and has welcomed back Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Robbie Brady back from injury, with Ashley Barnes and Matt Lowton expected to follow.

The Turf Moor chief will continue to fight against the shackles of an over-inflated market, but he has faith in the players that achieved a second top 10 finish in three seasons in the Premier League.

"We're first in the line and often first out the line," he said. "We're into a lot of situations early, but, with how the market works, everyone goes and tells the world that we're in and they look for a bigger deal if they can.

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"That's often the case. We are looking, we do know the holes that need filling, we've got players who were injured but we're now hoping they will be fit, which will give us a bit more strength anyway within our own group.

"We'll look to build on the end of last year. The lads were terrific coming out of lockdown. It was a really tough period for us with injuries and whatever.

"I think the lads were amazing and I think there's a really strong mentality here, we've built that over time, so I never question that of the players."

The Clarets suffered relegation from the top flight in 2015, but now head into their fifth successive term at this level.

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Newcomers West Brom and Fulham have also faced the drop back down to the Championship in recent years while Leeds United are back following a 16-year hiatus.

"I think it's a marathon, not a sprint," said Dyche, after the fixtures for the new season were unveiled. "It's ideal if you can [pick up points early] because it builds mentality early and it helps to reaffirm that you belong.

"We finished 10th, but this is a restart for us. Every year is a restart. We can't look back and say 'we're guaranteed to do this, that and the other'. We're not powerful enough.

"We've got to go again and I think there's a bit of that in those clubs that have come up. I think Fulham will have, or should have, learned from the last time.

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"Leeds are new to it, they'll just get on with it, a bit like Sheffield United, and I think that's a weapon for them, that newness.

"West Brom, I'm a big fan of Slav [Bilic], I like him a lot. They're back in it, how do they adjust to that?

"Do they think 'right, we're back where we belong', which can catch you out, or do they think 'we've got to go into this really humble and work for every inch of what we can get'? That's our mentality."