Burnley want to sign international striker despite Sunderland nightmare - report

Jozy Altidore

With goals hard to come by, Burnley manager Sean Dyche will naturally want to bring a new striker to Turf Moor in January - and has been linked with Jozy Altidore.

Burnley achieved the unthinkable last year as Sean Dyche almost miraculously took the Clarets to the Premier League despite being pre-season favourites for a relegation battle in the Championship. Now, Dyche has an even bigger task on his hands as he looks to keep Burnley in the top flight, but things haven't started to well at Turf Moor.

The Clarets are still without a win this season, picking up just four points from their first seven games of the campaign. Dyche's men are the lowest scorers in the top flight having scored just three goals, and two of those came in their recent draw with Leicester City, where Ross Wallace's last gasp free kick rescued a point.

That equaliser should generate some confidence for Burnley, and whilst Dyche will be happy that midfielders Scott Arfield, Michael Kightly and Wallace have got on the scoresheet, he needs more from his attackers. Injuries to Sam Vokes and Danny Ings - the devastating partnership from last season - means that the likes of Lukas Jutkiewicz, Marvin Sordell and Ashley Barnes have been called upon, but none of them look to be Premier League quality.

Now, with the January transfer window drawing ever closer, Burnley are being linked with a January move to sign Sunderland's Jozy Altidore. The United States international, 24, hit 51 goals in 93 games for AZ Alkmaar but has struggled in the Premier League for the Black Cats, scoring just one top flight goal on Wearside.

That dreadful record means that Sunderland are likely to cash in on the former Villarreal man in January, with Connor Wickham and Steven Fletcher ahead of him in the pecking order. His goal shy displays for Gustavo Poyet's side means that Altidore is hardly likely to be the goalscoring saviour for Burnley, but Dyche has managed to get the best out of unwanted players before, and could see Altidore as his latest project.

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