Sean Dyche admitted to being thwarted in his attempts to strengthen the Clarets squad ahead of Thursday’s 5pm deadline.
Speaking to Clarets Player, the Burnley boss insisted the Clarets’ lofty position had made negotiating for new loan signings tough.
Dyche said: “We have had a few challenges. The obvious one is being at the top of the league. Let’s just say some clubs are not as forthcoming in lending you players because they don’t want us to strengthen, which I understand.
“Beyond that there is a financial angle, but that’s not all, I would add. There is also the alignment.
“Everyone knows we are really looking at the forward line, to supplement us and give us more competition.
“But the reality is our two strikers are really flying and scoring goals, and speaking to agents and manager of other clubs, their first question is ‘are they going to play?’
“So it really is a mixture of circumstances that make life tough, but I can assure you my phone bill this week will be interesting!”
Dyche, who takes his side to Huddersfield this weekend in the back on a 12-game unbeaten league run added: “We want the players to keep performing, but we need that support sometimes to give us that strength in depth, through injuries and suspensions.
“But I don’t over-think it. Let’s face it, we have gone well not needing too much support and we will go with what we’ve got because the players are enjoying what they are doing and the fans are too.
“If we can supplement that, which we have been looking to do for a while, we will. It’s just not been that easy to align it.”
Sean Dyche’s full interview with Clarets Player, including a preview of Saturday’s Roses clash at Huddersfield, can be viewed HERE.