Burnley manager Sean Dyche has hit out at the FA's failure to regulate Premier League clubs who openly discuss potential transfer targets.
Clarets defender Michael Keane has been heavily linked with a move away from Turf Moor at the end of the season as he continues to impress whilst playing in Dyche's lineup.
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A number of English clubs are thought to be interested in signing Keane in the summer and ahead of their meeting with the Clarets last weekend, Everton confirmed via their manager Ronald Koeman they were hoping to sign the centre back in the near future.
When asked for his thoughts on the constant speculation and discussion surrounding the England international, Dyche admitted that he had mixed feelings.
“I’ve had it with many players and it’s a balance in the sense it’s a compliment in the sense that people think there must be life at Burnley so they think let’s go and have a look and when they do look they think there are some really good players there and then there is that edge of worry that eventually when someone comes in, who are way more powerful than us financially and start pushing the boundaries,” Dyche told the Liverpool Echo.
Having hinted at the unfair advantage smaller teams in the league have when it comes to such situations, the Burnley boss then stated that his opinion was unlikely to alter the rules on publicly discussing transfer targets.
Echo: Everton made Michael Keane interest public - and Sean Dyche admits he can't stop... https://t.co/741gXF37EU— Everton News App (@iEvertonApp) April 17, 2017
He added: “That’s not for me to decide, that’s for the powers that be to decide whether they think that’s appropriate or not. There seems to be an ongoing exchange of information. I don’t think anyone worries too much anymore.
“I personally just try to conduct myself in the manner that I do on behalf of the club, it’s nothing to do with my thoughts on others, they are allowed to conduct themselves how they wish.”
Asked if the FA need to act, Dyche said: “No-one’s hiding it. So if they want to do anything they can see it and hear it and read it. That’s up to them, that’s up to the powers that be. I can’t force their hand."