Burnley boss Sean Dyche has admitted the club are struggling to financially match the transfer fees that other Premier League clubs are able to pay.
The Guardian are reporting that the manager, dubbed by fans as the ‘Ginger Mourinho’, has claimed that it’s a tough task for the club to spend millions of pounds, a task that is easy for many of their Premier League rivals.
Dyche was speaking after confirming the addition of Steven Defour for £7.5million:
“In the Premier League world, the numbers that get bandied around for us seem really small. But they are actually big for a club like Burnley. The rest of the Premier League are probably going: ‘Why aren’t they just getting on with those deals?'” said the 45-year-old.
“For us, it’s a big thing to spend millions of pounds. For others, it’s just like: ‘Park that, let’s move on and get another one in’. That’s the vast difference in the market. Liverpool, for example, their cheapest player will be more expensive than our record signing.”
Dyche is used to balancing the books at Burnley, after selling star player Charlie Austin near the beginning of his time as manager, in order to make the club more financially stable.
But he has been able to bring in Defour, who was often linked with a move to Manchester United back when Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge. The Belgian is well experienced in the UEFA Champions League, and signs in time to be in contention for a debut against Liverpool on Saturday.
Defour also has 46 caps for the Belgium national team, but didn’t appear at Euro 2016.