Dyche encouraged by transfer developments

James Tarkowski tussles with Lukas Jutkiewicz when Brentford met the Clarets in August
James Tarkowski tussles with Lukas Jutkiewicz when Brentford met the Clarets in August
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Clarets boss Sean Dyche is encouraged by developments in the transfer market.

Dyche is eager to add to his squad during January, with the club keen to land a centre back, having had an initial offer for Brentford's James Tarkowski rebuffed.

We want competition here and we are still looking for players, and if we have to shuffle the pack with ins and outs then so be it

Sean Dyche

Tarkowski is understood to want to discuss a switch to Turf Moor, with Brentford happy for the Mancunian to return north if a fee can be agreed.

And Dyche said: "There’s a couple of situations that we think have moved slightly, ones we have been active with and there's a couple of new things.

"At this time of year things sometimes come out of the blue because other people are moving their chess pieces, we might be looking to move ours, etc etc.

"There has to be a reality in the market, which there is, we can’t throw money at every situation, but we’re in a better position than we were a couple of years ago.

"Although we’ve got funds available they still have to fit into the model of the club, which is where it gets difficult, because there are some players out there that not only we like, but other clubs like.

"There’s been one over the last couple of days that has been a new one to my thinking but it’s one I'd certainly be interested in.

"We want competition here and we are still looking for players, and if we have to shuffle the pack with ins and outs then so be it."

However, with speculation suggesting striker Chris Long will go out on loan, Dyche will play that situation by ear: "We’ll wait and see. Everyone wants strength in depth in their front line. We’ll watch that one closely but he’s in and around the group and he’s a young player who is maturing."

Meanwhile, record signing Andre Gray is expected to return at MK Dons tonight after missing Saturday's FA Cup win at Middlesbrough after breaking his finger in training.

But Dean Marney is again likely to miss out with a calf strain, whisk Michael Duff could return to contention after a thigh injury: "It’s the upper side of his index finger, the top end of it, but the specialist said there was nothing untoward.

"We’ve got a light cast on to protect it but we’re 99 per cent sure he’ll be available.

"Marns has had a couple of ups and downs but that can happen after a long term injury.

"He won’t figure but he’s trained and he’ll train this week. We’ve still got to be a little bit careful with Deano to make sure he’s right physically and mentally to play.

"Duffo has trained, he’s only had five or six days out, which you can carry. Deano’s had two weeks after a long-term injury so you need to be careful. It’s my decision, Deano is chomping at the bit."

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