Sean Dyche Chasing Belgium Duo

Clarets Consider Making Offers For Christian Benteke & Divock Origi

Burnley Football Club have put Belgium strikers Christian Benteke and Divock Origi on top of their emergency hit list, as boss Sean Dyche looks to spend the £25M windfall received for Chris Wood on Premier League experience.

Crystal Palace gave Benteke a new contract and he is a regular starter in the Palace side, but he could be available for a move in the January transfer window for around £10m. He also took less money to stay with the Eagles and is in the range of what the Clarets would be willing to pay. However, there would be a snag if he was asked to take a relegation cut should Burnley find themselves in the Sky Bet Championship next season. Benteke was left out of the starting line-up at Brighton on Friday and Crystal Palace would spend the cash on a bid for Arsenal’s Eddie Nketiah or keep Mainz loanee Jean-Philippe Mateta permanently.

Liverpool striker Divock Origi is also in their sights but will take some persuading to swap Anfield for Turf Moor at this stage of his career. The striker is out of contract in the summer and looking at big moves either in Europe or to a leading Premier League outfit. Liverpool are also keen to keep him for the rest of this campaign.

Dyche and his team were looking for a No 10 and a striker before Wood left and now want an extra striker. The Clarets also planned loan-to-buy deals for targets to protect them if they went down. That is not possible with Benteke or Origi. So the Clarets are also looking into a loan swoop for Rennes striker Serhou Guirassy, who cost about £13m but is now out of favour.

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