SEAN Dyche has insisted that Burnley will not be panicked into paying over the odds for targets just because the Premier League season is drawing near.
Dyche has suffered frustration in recent weeks as he attempts to add numbers to his squad ahead of the opening match in the top flight at home to Chelsea on August 18.
Burnley have seen three bids for centre back Craig Dawson turned down by West Bromwich Albion, while further attempts to bring in players have also been thwarted.
Dyche, though, insists the Clarets do not have the finances at their disposal to rush deals through and must continue to take a patient approach.
“We’re still looking to add to the group,” the Clarets boss said.
“There’s a few getting closer and closer and we’re working hard to get them over the line. The frustration is that for 18 months we had no real money to speak of that we could use in the market.
“Now we have got some money but the market is running away from us again because we have the smallest budget in the Premier League.
“There has to be a reality to our financial planning of course, so it’s difficult to just throw money at situations to get them over the line.
“We have to work within the market, keep nipping away at it and wait for things to develop rather than throwing massive money at situations to make them develop.
“We’ve got a wider scope for deals now for players, this is the Premier League, this is mind-blowing numbers for certain clubs.
“That’s the challenge, to formulate a group of players that can play with the quality and desire which we insist on to go and win football matches, and do it all within certain parameters and guidelines and the budgetary requirements of the club.”
The Clarets have already brought in Lukas Jutkiewicz, Marvin Sordell, Matt Taylor, Steven Reid and Matt Gilks, while Michael Kightly’s loan switch from Stoke City has been turned into a permanent deal.
But Burnley have also lost the likes of Junior Stanislas, Chris Baird, David Edgar and Keith Treacy this summer.
“The six who have come in really are against the four or so who went out, so the challenge is really the numbers game and the quality,” Dyche said.
“We still are short and the difference is in the Championship we all know you can go out and activate the loan system when the main window shuts.
“In the Premier League you can’t, so we definitely need bodies in.”