BURNLEY took their summer spending to almost £8million, and their recruitment drive to ten players with the transfer deadline day arrivals of George Boyd, Nathaniel Chalobah and Michael Keane.
Burnley set a new club record for a transfer window spend, with fees over £1m more than in the summer of 2009 following their last promotion, as the Clarets made late attempts to add specific rearguard reinforcements.
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Chief executive Lee Hoos sealed a four-month loan deal for Manchester United defender Michael Keane.
Keane spent time on loan with Blackburn Rovers last season.
There was confidence in the Clarets camp that they might be able to secure a deal for Derby County captain Richard Keogh – just over two years after they signed Pride Park skipper Jason Shackell.
Keogh was brought in to replace Shackell following the centre half's £1.1million move to Turf Moor.
It was thought the 28-year-old might tread the same transfer path ahead of last night’s 11pm deadline, despite Derby last week rejecting a £1.5million bid from Burnley.
Reports of an improved £2.5m bid yesterday could not be verified. But Derby had stressed they had no intention to sell any of their players, and Keogh now seems set to sign the improved contract the Rams offered him once he returns from international duty with Ireland.
Burnley were also understood to have made an enquiry about Southampton defender Jos Hooiveld. The Dutchman yesterday joined Norwich on a season-long loan.
With the transfer window now closed, and no loan window in the Premier League, Chalobah proved to be the final piece in Dyche’s jigsaw until the window re-opens in the new year.
The 19-year-old has previously enjoyed loan spells at Watford in 2012/13 and Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough last season, but Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho felt he was ready for the step up and to test himself at Premier League level, and Dyche agrees.
“He is someone we have been interested in for a while. I’ve followed his career journey and he did tremendously well at Watford, then had an indifferent list year, but I think players grow from that,” said the Burnley boss.
“My way of looking at developing players is not the same as anyone else. You have to take the rough with the smooth as you are developing as a young player and I think he has come out of that more rounded.
“I’ve had a chat with him and enjoyed speaking to him and I think he has something to offer us. He knows the challenge and he knows the strength of our midfield, in particular with David Jones and Dean Marney, and he was willing to take that on.
“He thinks this will be a good environment for him, which I do too.”
Boyd was at Turf Moor to sign his three-year contract yesterday, but Chalobah’s deal was completed by fax as he has met up with new Clarets team-mate Danny Ings on England Under 21 duty.
The duo are set to be involved in UEFA U21 Championship qualifiers against Lithuania and Moldova on September 5 and 9 respectively.
“I am really excited and looking forward to it. I met up with Danny and asked him a few questions, and he’s always got good things to say about Burnley,” said Chalobah.