Burnley chairman wants ‘three or four’ new players

Date published: Wednesday 10th August 2016 3:58

Mike Garlick: Happy to splash the cash

Burnley chairman Mike Garlick says he hopes for the Clarets to acquire “three or four” more signings prior to the transfer window closing next month.

The Clarets have so far signed only Charlton pair Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Nick Pope and loaned in Liverpool’s Jon Flanagan on their return to the top flight as they bid to stay up at the third time of asking.

A midfielder is top of boss Sean Dyche’s wishlist as he seeks to fill the void left by Joey Barton’s departure to Rangers and Garlick has revealed the club’s aim is to at least double their total number of incomings so far.

“The last couple of weeks have gained a bit more momentum, we’ve got a lot of targets out there that we’re actively pursuing,” he said on Sky Sports News HQ.

“The aim is to get three or four players in minimum in three weeks’ time. We’re getting closer. We’re looking to get three or four in, we’ve probably got at least nine or 10 targets to get those three or four.”

As has been the case in their previous two top-flight transfer windows, the Clarets have been more frugal than other clubs who have made the step up rather than potentially gambling with their future.

Even so, the lack of arrivals has been a source of frustration for Burnley fans and Garlick admitted he shared that feeling, attributing Euro 2016 as one of the reasons for a delay in making signings.

“First of July, any manager, any chairman would like their team in place then they can work with them over the summer and develop their squad into the shape they want,” he added.

“The Euros slowed that up but it’s like that most years in reality. We just have to get on with it, we get out of bed every day, get on the phone, try and do things and if it doesn’t happen that day we try and do it the day after.”

Garlick, who reiterated that defender Michael Keane will not be sold despite interest from Leicester, is confident that after instant relegations in 2010 and 2015, Dyche can keep the team up this time around.

“I’ve been with the club 10 years as a director, co-chairman and now chairman and I think we’ve got to make it third time lucky, we’ve got to aim to stay there this time,” he said.

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