Burnley new signings: Confirmed ins and outs for January 2024

Despite a few recent signs of life at Turf Moor, the Clarets are staring down the barrel of an immediate return to the Championship. Vincent Kompany’s side will likely need to do some January business to arrest their slide into a second relegation in three years.

Points have been hard to come by at Turf Moor – Photo by Icon Sport

Burnley new signings: January 2024 arrivals

A key issue for Burnley has been the amount of turnover there has been in their squad from the side that won promotion last season. Star left-back Ian Maatsen was not allowed to rejoin from Chelsea (despite the Dutchman’s lack of opportunities in West London) over the summer, and in total Burnley signed 15 new players over the summer. 

Vincent Kompany has been all smiles in interviews – Photo by Icon Sport

It takes time to bed that number of players into a structured, possession-based system such as Kompany’s. The Belgian boss is aware of this, and has cut a relaxed figure all season, usually taking a longer-term view. Unfortunately, time is not on Burnley’s side, with over half of the season played already.

Things have improved somewhat of late, however. The Clarets may only have three Premier League wins, but two of those came in December. Their underlying data also shows that they are outperforming the other two promoted sides. Their -0.8 expected goal difference per 90 is better than Luton’s -0.97 and Sheffield United’s -1.18. 

But they are still some way off the next worst side in this insightful metric, as Fulham’s expected goal difference per 90 is -0.54. Kompany will be hoping some winter additions can close that gap and help Burnley escape the drop.

 

Confirmed Burnley signings in January 2024

Burnley have already added more firepower to their attack with their first January signing.

One of the Burnley new signings, David Datro Fofana
David Datro Fofana had a mixed spell at Union Berlin – Photo by Icon Sport

Clarets fans will be hoping they can make use of another young Chelsea gem in David Datro Fofana. The 21-year-old has joined Burnley on loan after a six month stint in the Bundesliga with Union Berlin. The Ivorian saw his minutes limited by the presence of Kevin Volland, but still scored crucial goals against FC Koln and his first Champions League goal against Napoli.

Burnley fended off fierce interest from Spanish giants to land their man. Fofana will be hoping to recapture the form he showed in Norway at Molde in 2022, where he scored 19 goals in 35 games, and fire Burnley to safety.

Permanent signings are likely too far of a financial stretch for the Clarets, as they spent in excess of £100m in the summer, and have an obligation to buy Manuel Tresor from KRC Genk in the summer. However, do expect Burnley to be active in the loan market, looking to bring in talent from bigger clubs currently starved of minutes.

Confirmed Burnley departures in January 2024

The only departures from Turf Moor so far this window have been on loan.

Scott Twine watched new side Bristol City eliminate West Ham from the FA Cup this week – Photo by Icon Sport

Scott Twine has swapped a loan spell at Hull City for one at Bristol City. The 24-year-old was signed from MK Dons last summer after a stellar season in League One in which he scored 20 and assisted 13. The English attacker didn’t seem to fit Kompany’s plans however, making just five starts. Burnley will be hoping Twine recaptures his best form with Bristol, as he could be a crucial saleable asset come the summer.

The other departure is that of Dara Costelloe on loan to Dundee FC. The 21-year-old Irish striker found minutes hard to come by at St Johnstone, so to further his development, has been sent to Dundee.

Vincent Kompany will be reluctant to let any players leave Burnley this window, as he will need all hands on deck to stave off relegation.

Connor Roberts is a wanted man – Photo by Icon Sport

That said, there have been rumoured approaches for right-back Connor Roberts from Leeds United, and winger Manuel Benson from Southampton.


William Evans is a football and politics fanatic. A first-class graduate of UEA's Broadcast and Digital Journalism MA course, he also achieved a first class degree in politics and media studies during his time at UEA.