Sean Dyche still hoping to add to his Burnley squad - but happy to welcome back key players, and hold onto crown jewels

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Sean Dyche is still hopeful of adding "one or two" players to his squad.

The international transfer deadline is 11 p.m. on Monday, while Premier League clubs can do business with EFL clubs in terms of permanent and loan signings before 5 p.m. on October 16th.

Dyche is well aware his group of players has dipped below the level of competition he would like, before you take a lengthy injury list into contention, having seen Jeff Hendrick, Aaron Lennon, Joe Hart and Adam Legzdins leave at the end of their contracts.

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The club have so far brought in keeper Will Norris from Wolves and Brighton midfielder Dale Stephens, and Dyche would ideally like a couple more yet, especially with Ben Mee, Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Robbie Brady and Jay Rodriguez currently injured, while Matt Lowton was hurt in tonight's 3-0 Carabao Cup defeat against Manchester City.

Dyche welcomed James Tarkowski and Ashley Barnes back from injury, and said of his squad: "What we've got to be careful with is it looks so radically different because of missing that many players.

"When those players are back fit, I think we are still one or two light, but we've certainly got a squad I can look at and go 'okay, that's a squad that knows its way round what we do here, and some of the challenges that presents to us.'

"When you've had seven key injuries, that's a lot in any club's world, but it certainly is in our's.

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"The way the club works financially I can only carry so many players. If we try and carry competitive players in every position, quite obviously you're looking at 20 outfield players.

"We've just sneaked below that, and add seven key injuries, we're way below.

"It does look different when we get those injuries back.

"I certainly don't want to be bringing in players for the sake of it, if we can get one or two, that's bound to be helpful, just that competitive element for the squad.

"Whether we can or not is yet to be seen."

While Burnley are still looking to add players to the squad, it looks like they have managed to hold onto their three crown jewels in Tarkowski, Dwight McNeil and Nick Pope.

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The club turned down offers from West Ham and Leicester City for Tarkowski, up to £30m, and the Hammers appear to have turned their attentions elsewhere, while the Foxes have agreed a fee for St Etienne centre back Wesley Fofana.

Interest in McNeil hasn't turned into offers for the winger, while Chelsea, who were linked with Nick Pope, have brought in Edouard Mendy from Rennes instead.

Dyche said: "The idea of holding onto them - I've certainly never spoken of anyone leaving here, so that's always been my plan that they are all here.

"Decisions above that go beyond me, but that's certainly my plan.

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"They're very good, effective players, they continue to improve, but there are players beyond those three who are very important here, Barnesy getting back fit, Woody has scored goals, Westy is certainly a high-quality player here, Josh Brownhill.

"i take pride in all of them. Certainly those three have been spoken about outside of here, but I haven't thought anything other than they'll be here.

"They are a base to build on, along with the group we've got, without a shadow of a doubt."