Clarets boss Sean Dyche has hailed Kieran Trippier’s sterling service at Turf Moor, with the right back close to sealing a £3.5m switch to Spurs.
But Dyche insists there will be no Turf exodus, warning off Derby County amid their interest in skipper Jason Shackell, saying: “There’ll be no point clubs bidding for our players - it will be us that decides who goes out.”
And he admitted the club have “a couple of things that are already in process” in terms of incoming signings.
On Trippier, Dyche said: “It’s an active deal.
“All parties are open with lines of communication, so we know what’s going on, other than when it’s going to actually happen, but it looks like it’s a long way down the line.”
Trippier has a £3.5m release clause, with former club Manchester City due 40% of any profit from selling him to Burnley for around £400,000 three and a half years ago.
He’s a very good player and it’s no surprise people have come knockingSean Dyche
The popular Trippier could have left this summer on a free transfer had he not signed a new contract 12 months ago, and Dyche said: “The thing Kieran’s done that has been terrific is the servant he’s been to this club.
“When we took over he was good going forward, and we’ve helped him become an all-rounder.
“I think that’s why he’s attracted the attention.
“He made a great decision last summer to sign a contract, stay with the club, and we had to honour that in the respect that if we didn’t stay in the Premier League, then we’d allow him the chance to go on.
“I think that’s an honourable thing to do with someone who’s been such a good servant, and said he’d stay with Burnley in the Premier League.
“He’s a very good player and it’s no surprise people have come knocking.”
As regards Shackell, Derby are believed to have had an initial £2m bid knocked back for their former captain, but Dyche admitted: “It was news to me, our club, apart from Ingsy and Tripps, everyone is under contract, we’re in a way different position than we were two and a half years ago, and there’ll be no point teams bidding for our players - it will be us that decides who goes out.
“It won’t be a case of clubs bidding and they just go.
“We’re too powerful now in the market.
“The only thing that will change is if I decide that changes.”
And plans to replace Ings and Trippier were underway long before their expected moves: “We’re always actively looking at targets we think we can get in.
“There’s a couple of things that are already in process now, but it’s not always easy, even throwing money at things now, because some of the Championship clubs have so many wealthy backers that they can turn deals down if they choose.
“We’re opening channels to possibilities.”