Aston Villa are reportedly keen on Burnley striker Ashley Barnes.
Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce has conceded defeat in his pursuit of Jordan Rhodes.
Burnley were thrashed 4-0 at the Hawthorns on Monday night.
Jon Flanagan and Ashley Barnes are both yet to feature in the Premier League this season but Dyche hopes that will change soon.
HITC Sport understands Burnley striker Ashley Barnes faces up to nine months out of action with a serious knee injury.
The Chelsea man was sent off for reacting to a horror tackle from Ashley Barnes but Merson has defended the midfielder.
Southampton, Crystal Palace and Burnley forwards among those to have struck the woodwork most times in Premier League competition.
Burnley striker Ashley Barnes worked with Sunderland manager Gus Poyet when they were at Brighton together.
With Sam Vokes fit again at Burnley, should Sean Dyche reunite him with Danny Ings or stick with Ashley Barnes?
Ashley Barnes admits the Burnley squad need to take responsibility for recent collapses and use an enforced break to get back on track.