According to The Sun, Burnley now want to sign Strasbourg defender Mohamed Simakan having missed out on Craig Dawson to West Ham United.

The Clarets have endured a difficult start to the new season, with Sean Dyche very quiet in the transfer window over the summer.

He wanted to bring in a new centre back having allowed fringe player Ben Gibson to join Norwich City, but has been forced to promote Jimmy Dunne in his place.

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At least Burnley kept hold of James Tarkowski, but The Sun now report that Dyche wants to bring Strasbourg ace Mohamed Simakan to Turf Moor.

Dyche seemingly wanted somebody who could play at centre back or right back, but missed out on Craig Dawson as he instead joined West Ham United.

The irony of this is that West Ham actually targeted Simakan themselves before signing Dawson, with L’Equipe reporting that West Ham offered €17million (£15.5million) for him – but failed with that offer.

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Burnley could now strike by signing Simakan instead, having also managed to fend off West Ham’s interest in signing Tarkowski over the summer.

Simakan, 20, starred in the Strasbourg first team last season, emerging as a physical and versatile defender, which now means Burnley want to land him having seen West Ham miss out.

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