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Sean Dyche has inferred that the Claret’s transfer activity in this particular window, is yet to finish.

With Premiership clubs allegedly admiring Tom Heaton and rumours linking Tarkowski with a bid from Leicester, the Burnley faithful will hope that any offers for this particular pair are quickly refused. Perhaps for the first time during our Premiership years however, one could argue that we have ready made replacements for the two. We aren’t suggesting that we want them to leave, not for a single minute, but rather commend the succession planning that has undoubtedly occurred in certain key positions.

On the flip side, the Clarets still need additions in other departments. An injury to Cork or Westwood for example, could prove a major headache for the club’s management. The midfield must be a priority. Defour on his day is a special player, however the physicality of the Premier League requires his rehabilitation to be managed carefully. A return to fitness will undoubtedly assist the squad as a whole. But who should the Clarets look to bring in to supplement what they already have?

Dyche has shown that he likes to recruit players predominantly from the UK. Seemingly preferring players that he can research their character, see first hand whether they can deal with the rigours of the Premiership and just as importantly, cope with the British culture. The downside of that tried and tested tactic is that British players demand a premium. Manchester United’s recent purchase of a right back, with limited experience for a fee of £50million, shows how inflated the market is right now.

Do Burnley FC have no choice but to get the cheque book out and pay over inflated fees? We suggest not, there are definitely bargains to be had. Transfer budgets do not need to be consistently blown away, nor does the the long term future of the club have to be put at risk for financial mercenaries or on vast amounts spent on players simply with potential. Instead, the club could scour the free agent pool. Regulars of Championship Manager and EA Sports FIFA have been doing it for years!

In all seriousness, there is undoubtedly an eclectic mix of experienced professionals, players with potential, wild cards, those in their prime and those at the twilight of their careers, still requiring clubs. The pool of players is just as large and with as many potential targets, as it ever has just four weeks before the end of the transfer window. Granted wages are nothing to be scoffed at, but without a large transfer fee to pay, maybe the club could be more adventurous.
Not convinced? Here is a sample Free Agent XI from around Europe:
GK – Michel Vorm
LB – Filipe Luis
RB – Danny Simpson
CB – Gary Cahill
CB – Thomas Vermaelen
LW – Yacine Brahimi
RW – Markel Susaeta
CM – Yohan Cabaye
CM – James Morrison
CF – Mario Balotelli
CF – Daniel Sturridge