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Clarets ‘more attractive proposition for players’

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Clarets boss Sean Dyche hopes Burnley’s exploits last season makes them a bigger draw for potential transfer targets.

Burnley are yet to add to their squad since the transfer window opened, having seen a £25m offer for West Brom duo Jay Rodriguez and Creaig Dawson knocked back.

The window closes earlier this summer – on August 9th – and the Clarets’ Europa League campaign means their first competitive game will be on July 26th at Aberdeen.

But Dyche feels Burnley’s success, in finishing seventh in the Premier League – and achieving a return to European football after a 51-year absence – means there may be more players tempted to make the move to Turf Moor.

Dyche said: “We have t be realistic about the bigger picture plan, which is recruitment – who do we want in?

“It (being in Europe) changes the planning, but the thinking stays the same.

“It’s more or less what we do anyway. We can’t cherry pick. There are a few players we think could affect things, but even they can get away.

“There are some agents throwing players out who wouldn’t have done before.

“In the past, it was, ‘Are Burnley going to stay in the Premier League?’

“This year has been a strong sign of what we’re about, and maybe we are a more attractive proposition.”

Dyche is looking for quality, not quantity, however, despite the extra demands on his squad.

And while Scott Arfield and Dean Marney have moved on, Robbie Brady and Steven Defour are expected to return to action in pre-season, along with Ben Mee and Ashley Barnes, after injury: “We’ve been stretched this season, plus we’ve still got players missing.

“So they come back and you immediately have two, three players back before you worry about recruitment.

“That’s a great start. Then. Can we look to add? It it’s got to be something that works for the club.

“There’s a fine balance. I spoke to managers at bigger clubs and they had to thin down their squads.

“I don’t think we’re there yet, but you do think ‘how many do we actually need?’

“So we have to mindful not to overfill the club, because you lose some of the attention and detail we want to put on the players, for them to continue maturing.

“We’ve been adaptable, we’re still working at 23 outfield players, which is quite high for us, so we don’t want to overfill it, but the main thing for me is the quality of the players.

“If you have true competition in every position, which we’ve more or less had over the season, that’s where it really works for you.”

Dyche will field as strong a side as possible in Europe, and he added: “I personally don’t like the idea of rotation, I like the idea of picking a team that can win, that’s my focus.

“In the Championship we had a lot more games, and the travel, nowadays, even us can have those things called private jets.”