Quality over quantity for Garlick

Clarets chairman Mike Garlick is 'targeting a couple of quality additions' with the January transfer window looming.

Thursday, 10th November 2016, 8:41 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 4:09 pm
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Burnley twice broke their transfer record in the summer window to bring in £7.4m Steven Defour and Jeff Hendrick for in excess of £10m.

And Garlick is determined to help give Sean Dyche a helping hand in preserving Premier League status for the club at the third attempt.

Garlick, celebrating 10 years on the board, said: “The main aim is to be stronger on February 1st than December 31st.

“We are targeting a couple of quality additions, but it’s got to be quality and not quantity.

“The key thing is if we’re stronger on February 1st, then it’s mission accomplished.”

Dyche spoke on a number of occasions on how the market has changed, with the record television deal, and prices have gone through the roof for players, and their agents.

Garlick admitted: “There’s a lot of European agents demanding millions of pounds as agents fees for players to come, which we reject straight away.

“A few issues have come about because of Brexit, the strength of the Euro means it’s slightly less attractive for a lot of European players to come here now. 1.10 to the pound as opposed to 1.35 as it was in June, that has tightened things a little bit.

“But we do want to look more and more to the European market because the UK is such a limited market, there’s only so many players at the level we’re at.”

And the club won’t be held to ransom on fees: “We always look for value, not price.

“It’s important whoever we bring in is good value, and by that I don’t mean a bargain.

“If they can add to what we’ve got and down the line there’s a resale value to them if we do move on. Those are the real criteria we use.”

“It makes it difficult but you’ve got to be prepared to say no and quite often it’s about the players you don’t sign rather than the ones you do.

“A lot of clubs rush out on June 1 or July 1 and get whoever they can on board, and then mid-August they think ‘is he really that good? Maybe we should have waited’.

“It’s a real balance and it’s hard.

“You get to late July and you haven’t really signed more than one or two players, and I sense the mood with the fans, I feel it, but you’ve got to stick to the task and the belief you’re going to get the job done.

“The money was always there and it was always planned to be spent.

“It wasn’t that we were holding back.

“We had to wait for the right players at the right price.

“One of the players we signed, until a couple of days before the closure of the transfer window, that particular club wanted £15million for that player.”