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Dyche Looks To Make Kightly And Baird Premier Signings

22 May 2014

Sean Dyche insists he is looking to ad Michael Kightly and Chris Baird to his newly-promoted squad.

The Clarets duo have now departed Turf Moor after playing their parts in steering the Clarets back into the Premier League.

And Dyche, who admits he needs to add quality to his squad over the summer, insists he is still in contact with both Kightly, who scored six goals on loan from Stoke City, and free agent Baird.

He told Clarets Player: “Both players are still in our thoughts.

“We will be looking to move on Michael. You can imagine things have to be right for the club, the player and the club we are trying to do business with, so it’s an ongoing situation.

“Chris is a different one in that he is old enough and wise enough to know it’s a family decision as well. 

Chris Baird

“He has been based down south for many years now, so it’s not a contractual issue. We are very interested in him coming here and being part of us, but he has a situation that has to feel is right, so he’s on a family holiday and he knows where we are.”

Dyche insists the button has been pushed on his summer recruitment campaign, with targets now being honed down in preparation for the club’s return to the top flight.

He explained: “For the last month of the season, when we were beginning to think we were on top of it, we could softly start making noises within the club, through our recruitment and coaching staff and the board, regarding different scenarios.

“Once the final whistle was blown, it’s about making those connections with clubs and agents and there has been plenty of that going on.

“It’s unusual much business is done at this stage, but we are aligning business that we thing can help us.”

And it is not just on the pitch where Dyche is looking to improve matters, as he looks to gain a competitive edge on his rivals.

“There are many adjustments to make” he explained. “We need to fuel up the relevant departments, such as the analysis and sports science side. 

“We had finances available, but they weren’t always what we needed, so it’s about pushing the margins on everything we do on the footballing side.

“We’re just trying to extract every drop we can to give the players all we can, not only to ensure performance but to increase it.”

A full interview with Sean Dyche is now available on Clarets Player

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