Burnley boss Sean Dyche insists they tried to sign players from the continent last summer.

Burnley’s three summer recruits all came from domestic rivals, with Joe Hart arriving from Manchester City, Ben Gibson from Middlesbrough and Matej Vydra from Derby County.

“I can call youth coaches who have had players we’ve got here so there’s a lot of background to be done,” Dyche said of understanding the background of players who have played in England.

“Others less so, I always give Steven Defour as an example, he had 46 caps for Belgium, in one of the golden eras for Belgian football, therefore he has to have a bit about him.

“He was captain at a young age, played against an arch-rival when they had posters saying we’re going to cut your head off. If you can handle that you’re a tough character, so that’s a bit of common sense.

“But if you’re about layers and layers of scouting we’re not there, it could be a few years before we are.”


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