Burnley’s new owners pledge to back Sean Dyche

ALK Capital have completed their takeover of the Clarets, acquiring a controlling 84 per cent stake in the club, after the deal was approved and ratified by the Premier League.

Pace, who succeeds Mike Garlick as chairman, revealed ALK had been “very, very big fans” of Dyche “for some time” – and stand ready to give the green light to fresh investment in the squad during the January transfer window.

Garlick, who had held just less than 50 per cent of the club’s shares, will remain on the board of directors and felt the deal represented a “natural progression” for Burnley.

Commenting on the possibility of adding to his injury-reduced squad, and speaking before confirmation of ALK’s completed takeover, manager Sean Dyche had been somewhat cautious.

“If there are things in the market we think we can align, we will,” he said. “If there’s not, we’ll keep operating with the group we’ve got.”

Burnley eyeing Marseille midfielder

That’s according to the Daily Mail, who claim the Clarets are keen on the 26-year-old.

However, Sean Dyche will face stiff competition for the Frenchman’s signature, with a host of other Premier League clubs after his services.

West Ham are said to be long-time admirers of Sanson, with the newspaper claiming Fulham and Arsenal have their eye on a move along with the Clarets.

The report claims Burnley would have to splash close to £25m to bring Sanson to Turf Moor – something which seems unlikely in the current climate despite the fact Burnley are one of the more financially sound sides in the Premier League.

It’s no secret that Burnley boss Sean Dyche has aired his frustrations with Chairman Mike Garlick over investment in the playing squad, particularly after the loss of Jeff Hendrick on a free transfer – the Ireland international has since joined Newcastle United.

However, even with Dyche’s intentions to strengthen, Marseille’s demands for a key asset may be slightly out of Burnley’s price range.