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Burnley are looking to bring in a proven Premier League defender with Crystal Palace’s Scott Dann and Bournemouth’s £8 million-rated veteran Steve Cook on the Clarets’ radar, according to The Sun (27 September, page 61).

If Sean Dyche wanted to make a point about his need for reinforcements before the transfer window shuts next week, his team selection for Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat to Southampton did the job.

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With Ben Mee and James Tarkowski injured, Burnley were forced to rely on the seldom-seen Kevin Long and youngster Jimmy Dunne against the Saints, with four academy players on the bench to boot.

To make matters worse, Tarkowski is expected to complete a protracted move to Leicester City this week – as long as the Foxes are willing to meet the £40 million price tag (Telegraph).

Although the England international’s departure will be a major blow, at least Dyche would be handed funds to bring in one or two new faces for a defence that has looked worryingly vulnerable during a point-less start to the new Premier League season.

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The Sun reports that Cook, valued at £8 million by relegated Bournemouth, is one of a number of potential Tarkowski replacements on Dyche’s radar, along with Watford’s Craig Dawson and 33-year-old Scott Dann, of Crystal Palace.

A trio of tried and trusted top-flight centre-backs, Cook, Dawson or Dann would be solid, rather than spectacular additions. However, it’s hard to imagine any of the three matching the lofty standards set by Tarkowski in claret and blue.

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