Nottingham Forest deal could pave the way for Burnley to sign a £10million man

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39 shots, 12 on target and an average of 69 percent possession per game; Those aren’t the stats you’d expect from a club that have won just one of their first three league games under Vincent Kompany, scoring two goals in the process.

Dominating games is not the problem. Burnley – or “Burnleyona,” to give them their newfound and admittedly tongue-in-cheek moniker – has adapted to Kompany’s possession-based style in no time.

But converting that dominance into goals remains a real problem. Maybe the largest Trouble with Sean Dyche’s replacement as he tries to secure an instant Premier League return on first try

And with the transfer window still two weeks away, Burnley are down to two first-team centre-forwards; Jay Rodriguez and the aging Ashley Barnes. And while goals are found elsewhere – Scott Twine and Manuel Benson are capable – there is neither Aleksandr Mitrovic nor Dominic Solanke at Turf Moor. No Ben Brereton-Diaz or Viktor Gyokeres.

Well, not yet anyway.

Burnley need a striker and like Ukraine international Artem Dovbyk

It would be extremely unfair to expect Artem Dovbyk to take on Mitrovic in the second division. But strong, powerful and with a keen eye for goal, he certainly has the minerals; The raw attributes of championship success.

Dovbyk, a Ukraine international, scored 14 goals in just 18 games for Dnipro last season. And while he won’t come cheap – worth around £10m – Burnley have plenty of paper in their wallets following the departures of Dwight McNeil and Maxwel Cornet.

Corresponding Reports come from Ukrainethe Clarets have made an offer for 25-year-old Dovbyk.

Well, they’re not his only admirers from England. Per sports arena, Nottingham Forest held talks with Dovbyk earlier in the window. But that particular lane appears to have gone cold as Neal Maupay is set to join Taiwo Awoniyi and Emmanuel Dennis at the City Ground rather than Forest reportedly investing £15million in Maupay; Left out of Brighton squad in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Newcastle United (the athlete). Assuming Sam Surridge stays, that would leave Forest with four forwards. A fifth would be transfer overkill.

Does this leave Burnley free to secure Dovbyk’s signature? Not quite, clubs in Italy and Germany are also interested. But after the Clarets put in a gap in Friday’s 1-0 defeat by Watford – all that ammunition goes to waste – at least some progress is being made in finding a solution.

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