Barnes adds to Claret hopes of keeping Ings
BURNLEY are confident of keeping Danny Ings in the January transfer window, despite boosting their attacking ranks with the capture of Ashley Barnes.
The 24-year-old completed his move from Brighton yesterday, signing a three-and-a-half-year deal on the eve of today’s Championship game at struggling Yeovil Town.
But Barnes will have to wait for his opportunity in the side initially, given the form of his old Seagulls team-mate Sam Vokes and top scorer Ings, who despite being tracked by Premier League clubs – with Liverpool and Everton among them – has signalled his intention to stay for the remainder of the season.
Interest has grown in the former Bournemouth striker, who fired his 20th goal for the club this season in last weekend’s narrow FA Cup defeat at Southampton.
An increasing number of top flight teams – north and south of the border – and top end Championship clubs have all scouted the England Under 21 international.
Although an offer in the region of £5million or more would have to be given careful consideration, the Burnley board have stressed there is no wish to sell.
And the sentiment seems shared, with Ings understood to have intimated that he is set on remaining at Turf Moor and boosting Burnley’s promotion push, before reassessing his future in the summer when he will have one year left to run on his current deal and will know which division the Clarets will compete in.
And Dyche hopes their promotion ambitions will be enhanced by having Barnes on board, with possibly more new faces to follow.
“That’s the first marker and we’ll see what comes beyond that,” said the Burnley boss.
“It depends on what aligns at what level we can afford. It’s not just the affordability but it is often a deciding factor.
“There are other things, such as player availability. It’s a fluid situation. This month there will be other teams who might know of your interest in a player and then they get injuries or suspensions – these are always the shifting sands of football and it can change in a matter of a week if not days.
“We have to be aware of that and align ourselves accordingly and that’s what we’ve done so far.
“There are a couple of maybes because as we’ve suggested many times because there isn’t a deep pot available so we’ve had to use it wisely.
“There are a few different possible available players who could strengthen us as a unit.
“It’s just what we deem fit in different areas.”
He added: “It depends how things align from availability meets the financial side of things meets clubs agreeing.
“We have to be flexible with it.”
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