Sean Dyche targets squad reinforcements at Burnley amid speculation over star names
Last Updated: 20/05/17 2:35pm
Sean Dyche has targeted strengthening his squad ahead of next season's Premier League campaign amid continued speculation regarding the future of the Clarets' big names.
Defender Michael Keane, an England international, has been strongly linked with a move back to his former club Manchester United, while club captain Tom Heaton has impressed in goal.
Dyche sees the interest in his players as recognition of the successful season that his Burnley squad have produced following their return to the top flight. Burnley could finish as high as 11th if they beat West Ham in their final match and other results go their way.
However, Dyche is more concerned about building upon a promising campaign at Turf Moor and ensuring Burnley continue to establish themselves as a top-flight force.
Dyche said: "We've added to the squad but we still need to look at the market again - we want to keep upgrading not just for the quality, but as an in-house challenge to the players.
"It's always a good stimulus when they see players coming in and they have to fight for their own shirt, so we've got to add more.
"We're well aware of the future and we know we've got to continue to develop as a team and add to what we're doing. Whatever way it went this year, the one thing we've had to do has been done, and that was to stay in the division."
Dyche facing spending dilemma
Sean Dyche says he faces "a delicate balance" between strengthening his squad and sending Burnley bust this summer.
Dyche accepts interest in the likes of Keane is unavoidable but denied there had been any further developments over his potential return to Old Trafford.
Instead Dyche is focused on challenging his players to finish the season on a high with a victory against the Hammers at Turf Moor.
Dyche added: "It has proved to be a good season - a good season but a tough season. You can't take any shortcuts in the Premier League and we've deserved everything we've got.
"It's not just about the money, it's about us finishing as high up the Premier League table as we can and it's a big challenge.
"We've only been in the bottom three once and that was after the first weekend of the season. Really, we've tended to look up all the time so it would be great to finish with a win and see how the table ends up."