Burnley's star striker Danny Ings is currently awaiting test results to determine the severity of his ankle injury which forced him to miss just his second game of the season last weekend against Leeds United.
Fortunately Burnley managed a win without him, but at this stage of the season they are already looking at loan possibilities to ensure the wheels don't fall off their promotion campaign if Ings is out for a while.
Burnley’s co-chairman, John Banaszkiewicz told The Lancashire Telegraph, "We are in the market for loans for cover, with not many games left to play.The manager and recruitment staff are really focusing on that before next week’s deadline.”
However at this stage of the season it is difficult with teams wanting as many players as possible for the run-in. Also it is hard to attract players to the club who will know they'll just be used as back-up. Burnley already have Sam Vokes and Ashley Barnes, and the latter has been waiting very patiently for his chance since joining from Brighton & Hove Albion in January.
Here are five possibilities for Burnley if they wish to loan a striker from the Premier League:
Leroy Lita - Swansea City
Lita has barely been given a chance in his time at Swansea since joining from Middlesbrough in 2011. He was certainly out of favour with Michael Laudrup but has started to feature on the bench under Garry Monk. Not unfamiliar to a loan spell in the Championship (he's had five before) the pacey striker would be open to a move to Burnley to get some playing time.
Sam Gallagher - Southampton
The 18-year-old scored his first ever league goal at the weekend as Southampton beat Norwich City 4-2. He has found himself in the first team squad since the departure of Dani Osvaldo in January and is effectively third choice striker behind Rickie Lambert and former Claret Jay Rodriguez. However Southampton look set to occupy a mid-table place with no chance of a European push or a relegation battle so the Saints could be tempted to allow Gallagher to help Burnley with their promotion push.
Luciano Becchio - Norwich City
The Argentinian has been disappointing for The Canaries since his move from Leeds United last year. He hasn't really been given a chance though and was linked with a move back to Leeds this January. A move didn't materialise and he remains frozen out at Carrow Road. He has proved he is more than capable in the Championship scoring 46 goals in two-and-a-half years at that level for Leeds. Norwich would surely be happy for him to go and he would be desperate to play.
Nicklas Helenius - Aston Villa
The 22-year-old signed from Danish Superliga side Aalborg BK at the start of the season but has had limited game time to make any impression for Villa. He has found himself behind Christian Benteke, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Andreas Weimann, Libor Kozak, Grant Holt and even Jordan Bowery. Paul Lambert would be happy to allow Helenius to move on loan and help adapt to the English game. Burnley would surely welcome a former Danish player of the season.
Tommy Smith - Cardiff City
Smith has gained promotion to the Premier League three times before with Watford, Queens Park Rangers and then Cardiff City. Capable of playing anywhere across the front line even at the age of 33 he would still cause trouble in the Championship. Not near the first team picture at Cardiff at the moment and would relish the chance to be involved in an end of season promotion battle. The experience of having been there and done it before will help Burnley's relatively young squad.