Dyche lays down transfer stance

Sean Dyche says Drinkwater will need to fight for place.

Sean Dyche says he will not allow any first-team regulars to leave Burnley unless he is in a position to bring in direct replacements.

The Clarets have been relatively quiet in the transfer market this summer, with Erik Pieters and Jay Rodriguez the only players to arrive at Turf Moor and they have not sold any member of their first-team squad.

There has been speculation regarding the future of players such as Tom Heaton and James Tarkowski, who have been linked with Aston Villa and Leicester respectively, but Dyche insists no player will be allowed to leave unless adequate replacements can be found.

‘We are certainly not in a position to be selling players unless we choose to do so and we are in a position where we can hopefully buy players,’ Dyche was quoted as saying by Lancashire Live.

The 48-year-old is certainly keen to add to his squad, regardless of any potential departures from the club, but he does not expect to be announcing a new arrival anytime soon.

Asked if he could offer any encouragement in the transfer market, Dyche added: ‘No encouragement, it costs money and money is difficult to find at this place.’