CLARETS boss Sean Dyche insists is would take “a hell of a figure” to prise Charlie Austin away from Turf Moor in the transfer window.
Austin scored his 22nd goal of the season from the spot to earn a draw at home to Watford on Saturday.
Premier League clubs have had the 23-year-old watched on a regular basis, but Dyche is not concerned with the vultures circling, believing if he does leave, it will be on the club’s terms, with the club record sale of Jay Rodriguez, at £7m, under threat.
Asked if he was worried about losing Austin, Dyche said: “Not particularly. It’s the reality of the market. You want people interested in your players.
“I’m pretty sure, knowing the club now as I do, it would take a hell of a figure to get him to leave.
“You want interest in your players because that’s usually a good sign that things are going well, and there are a lot of good things going on here.
“We’ve just got to make sure we keep that and turn it into results.”
While he is keen to hold onto the prolific frontman, Dyche’s thoughts have already turned to bringing his own players in January: “We’re monitoring that wisely and there are realities of the club financially.
“We’ve got to work within that and look how the market changes and how fluid it is.
“We’re hoping there’s room to manoeuvre when we see fit and appropriately.
“I don’t get the feeling it’s going to be mad amounts but there’ll be something if the right players come available and the right quality to add to what we’re doing here.”
Jamaican winger Dane Richards joins the club on January 1st from Vancouver Whitecaps in a deal set up by Dyche’s predecessor Eddie Howe, and Dyche said: “He’s just sorting out his permits and details.
“It kicks in officially on January 1st so it’s just sorting out the details to get him to that moment.”
In the meantime, Dyche dipped into his squad on Saturday with the suspension of Chris McCann and Michael Duff, handing Kevin Long a full debut, almost three years since Owen Coyle signed him from Cork, while Danny Ings made his first start of the season, and Keith Treacy came on as a late substitute for his first action since August.
Dyche said: “I made it clear everyone has a chance. We’re trying to get to see the players, not as a number one thing because results are number one, but we believe in the players here and we believe they can deliver.
“We process the team down. I have the final say of course but me and my staff look at the options and decide what we think’s appropriate for any given game and then wait for the players to go and deliver. That’s the exciting bit.”
Long is working under his fourth manager at the club, but has had to get experience out on loan at Accrington Stanley, Rochdale and Portsmouth.
Dyche was pleased with his performance: “He’s gone out and played and he’s an interesting one because he’s that type that everyone you speak to where he has been has been really impressed with him. He’s gone about his training and his development well.
“It’s funny how football changes.
“I didn’t plan it, but I said to him two weeks ago the way you’ve been training is terrific, the way you’ve performed in the games we’ve had is terrific.
“I said ‘sometimes you’ve got to be patient and then when the chance comes take it’ and he gets rewarded with a place.
“I thought he was solid and thorough all game.
“It’s a big occasion for him of course, and he dealt with it nicely.”