IT seems as if things are starting to build up a head of steam on the transfer front and it is good to see.

I always knew it would be towards the end of June-beginning of July when signings would start to unravel, once existing contracts are up.

But there is always that element of concern when you don’t hear anything concrete in the quiet summer weeks.

But manager Sean Dyche will have been hard at work behind the scenes, away from the glare of the expectant media and supporters who can’t wait to get those new faces in the building.

I’m encouraged with the ones he has been linked with as they will strengthen the spine of the team.

There is Craig Dawson at the back – a player Burnley have been linked with numerous times over the years but could be closer to landing now that he has handed in a transfer request to West Brom, although I am sure we are not the only club after his signature.

There have been strong links to Craig Bryson – a goalscoring midfielder who had an excellent season for Derby County last year.

They were unlucky to miss out on promotion themselves and I would expect him, and Richard Keogh who we have also been linked with, to be able to make the step up to the Premier League no problem.

Then there is Marvin Sordell up front – a player the manager has worked with before at Watford.

That might not be a signing to set the pulses racing as such, after he spent all of last season on loan with Charlton from Bolton, but the manager has already proved how good he is at getting the best out of players.

No-one would have expected the signings he made this time last year to come together and achieve what they did, so I for one would back his judgement.

As a unit the players last season blended together well and played well together, and that was down to the manager and his coaching staff.

There are good characters in the dressing room too, which can often be as important as having players with ability, and again that is the manager’s influence.