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Burnley boss Sean Dyche hopeful for January signings amid links to striker Joshua King but admits transfer activity is complicated by new owners having to conduct business remotely due to Covid Sean Dyche has been desperate to bolster his threadbare Burnley squad The Clarets have scored just nine Premier League goals all season New owners are hoping to ensure Dyche has some reinforcements this window But Covid restrictions and remote communication has complicated process 

By David Charlesworth, Press Association

Published: 16:58 GMT, 20 January 2021 | Updated: 16:58 GMT, 20 January 2021

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Sean Dyche is optimistic about new arrivals at Burnley this month but admitted the situation is complicated by the new hierarchy having to conduct business remotely because of the coronavirus pandemic.

American investment firm ALK Capital completed its takeover of Burnley on New Year's Eve and new chairman Alan Pace pledged to back Dyche in the transfer market this month as the club bid to retain their Premier League place.

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It was announced by the club at the weekend that Pace had tested positive for Covid-19, although Dyche, who believes his squad is long overdue some new blood, revealed work is going on behind the scenes.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche is hopeful his club can make signings by the end of January

Burnley manager Sean Dyche is hopeful his club can make signings by the end of January

Dyche, who was tight-lipped about speculation linking Bournemouth and Norway forward Josh King with a move to Turf Moor, said: 'No news at the moment on transfers.

'I'm still working with the new ownership; defining roles, defining the organisational point of view, it's very difficult with Covid and what's going on.

'They've got a hunger to be in the offices, working with people, finding out roles and about the club and how it works, they're having to do that from a distance quite obviously, we're having to do Zoom calls, etc.

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