BURNLEY boss Sean Dyche remained coy on the future of Sam Vokes ahead of Thursday's transfer deadline day.

The striker was an unused sub in the FA Cup fourth round defeat to Manchester City on Saturday and is reportedly attracting the interest of Championship side Stoke City.

The 29-year-old has not started a Premier League game for the Clarets since the Boxing Day defeat to Everton although he has made 30 appearances in all competitions this term, scoring five times.

Vokes only signed a new contract at Turf Moor in October, keeping him at the club until 2021.

But, when asked if he still expects the Wales international to be a Burnley player come Friday, Dyche said: "Who knows? I would expect so but we are a business not just a football club. Both have to be in balance.

"We have had varying signs before with people interested in our players and it doesn't surprise me that people are interested in our players, that is just the way it is. We look outside and they look at us. That's just the market."

Vokes initially joined Burnley on loan in January 2012 before completing a permanent move to Turf Moor that summer.

He has made more than 250 appearances for the Clarets, scoring 62 goals.

Stoke, under new boss Nathan Jones, are on the lookout for a striker with former Claret Charlie Austin another name mentioned in dispatches.

Vokes was on the club's radar in the summer and there is talk of a fresh £9m offer for the frontman before the window closes on Thursday at 11pm.