As Clarets boss Sean Dyche looks to add to his squad ahead of the start of the Premier League, he feels the transfer of striker Ross McCormack has affectedthe transfer market.
McCormack joined relegated Fulham for £11.5m from Championship rivals Leeds United, and the size of the fee has bumped up the asking price for players with similar pedigree.
Burnley have had an offer turned down for Watford frontman Troy Deeney, thought to be between £5-6m, and the likely asking price could price the Clarets out of the race for his signature.
Dyche said ahead of the squad’s flight to Austria yesterday: “I think it’s blown the market open. That’s a real surprise - not because he’s not a good player, because he is a good player, but I think that’s one that’s really probably caught everyone unawares.
“I’m surprised by the level of the number, but there is an advert for teams coming out of the Premier League who are still cash strong and are willing to go out and spend it.
“It’s a different dynamic, those clubs are used to spending vast amounts of money.
“For us we’ve been coming back and trimming and making sure the club is running efficiently.
“It’s a different mindset with those big numbers.
“But it is what it is, it is the market.”
Burnley have spent in the region of £2m on five new signings - Michael Kightly, Marvin Sordell, Matt Gilks, Matt Taylor and Steven Reid, and Dyche insists the club have to be careful how they spend their Premier League millions: “The good thing last year of having no money is that you are in a certain pool. We’re still only in a certain pool, because it’s fair to say we can’t buy some of the players that Manchester City and Liverpool will be after .
“But we have got some money so it’s how and where that money goes, what kind of players, who fits the bill, who fits the club and the team.
“It’s kind of similar, but it is different because we’ve got more financial leeway.
“It’s been trying but it’s been a positive experience so far and there’s more to come.
“We’re new to it and haven’t got the big super club backer, so we still have to be flexible but careful. We still have to work within certain guidelines but they’ve loosened.”