All quiet on the transfer front at Turf Moor
Boss Sean Dyche will be more than happy when the transfer deadline passes tonight with no major business having been done at Turf Moor.
With no significant transfer dealings expected before the 11pm deadline, Dyche plans to go to into battle for the rest of the season with his existing squad.
And the Clarets’ manager – who admitted fielding only some “maybe phone calls” about loans that were not deemed valid or appropriate – is delighted to have preserved the status quo and kept his top talent on board with a top-six push on the cards.
“We have made it clear right the way through from the chairman and the board to myself that no-one is for sale,” said Dyche, who has guided his side to within five points of the play-off places.
“We deem ourselves to be in a good position and we want to keep fighting for the right to earn the chance and be in the shake-up, so you don’t want to be selling players when you think you are onto something.
“Obviously there’s a lot of work to be done but that’s part of the thinking of the club.
“We are happy with the squad and the way it is going out to business. We think there is still more to come and we are pushing for that.”
Charlie Austin is back in the squad
Dyche, who has allowed a couple of his younger players to move out on loan, made it clear that only something completely ‘left field’ would upset the apple cart before the closing of the transfer window.
And with no inkling of such a move, the Clarets can plan for Saturday’s trip to Peterborough with Charlie Austin set to return from injury against the Championship’s bottom club.
Dyche confirmed that the Clarets’ top scorer, who has been of action since the end of December with a hamstring injury, will be in the squad at London Road as Burnley look for a fourth win in five Championship games.
Defender Michael Duff may also be in contention after making a successful return to training following two weeks out with a similar problem.
But defender Ben Mee is still absent after suffering a “little niggle” in his comeback from a knee injury.
“It’s not a major setback, but has just slowed him down,” Dyche added.