Burnley boss up for striker challenge

SEARCH CONTINUES: Sean Dyche has been frustrated so far in his efforts to bring in a new striker

SEARCH CONTINUES: Sean Dyche has been frustrated so far in his efforts to bring in a new striker

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Clarets boss Sean Dyche admits it is something of a challenge at present as he looks to bring in a new striker.

But he insist the club are working as hard as they can to remedy the situation.

Burnley primed themselves for losing Charlie Austin in July, before he finally moved to QPR on the eve of the season.

A fortnight has since passed, but Dyche is hoping his patience will pay off: “There have been a few things where we have gone in for people who we think would suit us and help us, but they can’t come out on loan at the moment. We have to find that balance, should we hang on, or can we make something else happen and see what comes first?

“It’s an ongoing process - we haven’t got the resources to throw at it, so we have to be patient.”

Dyche has been linked with numerous frontmen, the latest being Joe Mason at Cardiff City, where old pal Malky Mackay is boss, but he added: “Business is business, it’s not always that easy to call in favours - each club has their reasons for the markers they put down appropriate for deals to happen.

“But you can only presume the loan market will open up due to the nature of Premier League clubs looking at their squad numbers, keeping as many in the camp until the end of the window because of the ‘what if’ scenario.

“You are also getting more of that with clubs with biggr squads at our level.

“It’s a challenge, but we’ll take that on and work as hard as we possibly can.”

On Mason, Dyche said: “He’s one of about 37 names to be thrown at me, it’s an endless list, but I understand completely - we probably are one of the more obvious clubs in the marker for a striker after the sale of Charlie.”

With that in mind, Dyche was delighted Sam Vokes came through half an hour with Wales against the Republic of Ireland on Wednesday night unscathed: “We don’t want to stop players playing for their country, it’s important they get that experience, but it’s not ideal with a small squad and two recognised senior strikers.”