No bids for Turf hotshot Austin
BURNLEY manager Sean Dyche insists the club has not received any bids for top scorer Charlie Austin.
The 23-year-old has been linked with January moves to Premier League sides Norwich City and Reading and Championship rivals Brighton, while he has been regularly watched by scouts from other top flight teams.
But none have yet made a move to snap up the Clarets’ 23-goal top scorer.
Indeed, as things stand, the Burnley boss is anticipating the transfer window to pass fairly peacefully at Turf Moor.
“There’s nothing so far, and we’re not interested in that,” said Dyche of speculation surrounding the striker’s immediate future.
“The club have made it quite clear that they're not at the moment thinking of selling him.
“The only obvious fact is that everyone has a price eventually – it’s like the Ronaldo scenario – but at the minute we’re not thinking down those lines.
“I prefer him to be here, he’s enjoying his football and scoring goals and long may that continue.
“It’s completely out of our hands what other people think, but we know what we think as a club and our way forward with that situation.”
The Clarets will be without Austin for their FA Cup third round tie at Barnsley this afternoon, though, as the striker remains sidelined with a hamstring injury.
Chris McCann, Martin Paterson and Dean Marney are doubtful for the trip to Oakwell also.
McCann and Paterson were both withdrawn from the New Year’s Day win at Sheffield Wednesday with hamstring strains, while Marney missed the game altogether after struggling to shake off a thigh problem.
However, with Dyche not expecting lengthy absences for any of his injured players, and Ben Mee well on the road to recovery from knee ligament damage, the Burnley boss is not yet ready to delve into the transfer market.
“Not at the moment. We're monitoring situations to see if they become available,” said the Burnley boss, who feels his current crop is capable of sustaining a promotion push in the second half of the season.
“The squad is showing clear signs of developing nicely itself so we'd only go in if we felt we could strengthen that,” he continued.
“There's no point in getting someone that doesn't.
“We're not overwhelmed thinking we need to do something now, but we're also monitoring the situation because of the 'what if' scenario.
“What if one goes and one comes in? What if someone gets injured or suspended?
“You can only monitor the market and see what action there is and make a decision when needed.”