Burnley boss Sean Dyche claims to have made 500 phone calls in pursuit of new players to aid the Clarets’ Premier League campaign, reports BBC
Dyche has been one of the busier managers in the summer transfer window as he attempts to build a team capable of being competitive at the top level. The Burnley manager has secured the free transfer signings of former Blackpool goalkeeper Matt Gilks and midfielders Matt Taylor and Steven Reid from West Ham and West Bromwich Albion respectively.
Further purchases were made of Stoke’s Michael Kightly, Marvin Sordell from Bolton, and Middlesbrough striker Lukas Jutkiewicz. Nottingham Forest midfielder Henri Lansbury is also said to be on Dyche’s radar, while current players Ben Mee and Scott Arfield have signed contract extensions.
“We need more strength in depth but that doesn’t just come with anyone. We keep looking and searching,” said Dyche, who took Burnley to promotion from the Championship last season with a notably small squad. “We work hard. I reckon I’ve made 500 phone calls over the summer to managers to agents to coaches, background on players etc. And that’s just me, that’s not counting my staff, the recruitment side of things.”
Burnley last competed in the Premier League in 2009/10, when despite a good start including a famous victory over Manchester United at Turf Moor, they were relegated after just one season. They have been crowned English champions twice, the last occasion in 1959/60.
Dyche recognises the need to have strength in depth to give themselves at least a chance of survival this season, but is not optimistic about filling his squad quota. “I doubt we’ll hit 25 senior players, but we definitely want to enhance the numbers,” he said.
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