Dean Jones doesn’t think that the new takeover at Burnley will make much of an impact when it comes to signing big-money players this window.
For instance, Football Insider recently linked the Clarets with a player-plus-cash deal for AFC Bournemouth forward Joshua King, but there is some concern that his wage demands could be something that holds off Premier League clubs from coming in for him, and Burnley are no exception.
Speaking on the latest edition of Touchline Talk, Jones claims that even with the new money that the club has, that would still be quite a big leap for them to make in terms of finances at this stage:
“He, from what I’ve heard, wants a lot of money to make this move, and I’ve heard he wants over £100,000 a week.
“If that’s true, then I do see it as being a problem for Burnley to get that deal done, because you look at their squad right now – Ben Mee, Chris Wood, Jay Rodriguez, [James] Tarkowski – they’re all [on] about half that amount. And that shows you the kind of pay structure that Burnley have been working with.
“Yeah, I know they’ve got new investment now, but from what we’ve heard, it doesn’t seem like these investors are the kind that come in and rip up the rulebook and start throwing money around all over the place. So if he actually does want upwards of £100,000 a week, I think that’ll be a problem.”
Would Josh King be a good fit for Burnley?
TIF Thoughts on Burnley and their reported hunt for Josh King…
One would think it almost defeats the purpose of having a takeover if you can’t take the club to the next level as a result. Whilst it might look like a big amount to pay out, with SpotRac backing up Jones’ claims about the player’s wages, surely this is what you want to happen if you want the club to take the next step.
And if the club think that King is someone that can keep them in the Premier League and help them on their journey forward, it would seem odd given the recent takeover for the club to remain as they were in the transfer market.