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.”