Burnley have been dealt major blows in their pursuit of two of the Championship's finest players. The newly promoted Premier League side submitted bids for Derby County's Jeff Hendrick and Brighton's Dale Stephens, but have seen both offers rejected.


Sean Dyche is keen to bolster his squad who topped the Championship last season after being relegated from England's top tier in 2014/15 after just one season.


​Sky Sports are reporting that Burnley tabled a £3m bid for Hendrick, but Derby are not willing to sell one of their prized assets.

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The Irishman was in fine form at Euro 2016 for his country as they reached the last-16 of the international showpiece in France.


The 24-year-old has two years left on his deal at the Rams and new manager Nigel Pearson is keen to keep the player at the iPro Stadium, highlighting that he believes Burnley's offer undermines Hendrick's actual value.


​The Lancashire Telegraph are reporting that the bid for Stephens was higher than that of the Derby man, with Burnley offering £4m for the Brighton midfielder. 

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The 27-year-old was instrumental for the south coast club last season as they just missed out on promotion, however, he only has one-year remaining on his contract at the Amex Stadium.


Nevertheless, Chris Hughton's side have initially rejected Burnley's offer in the hope that they can persuade one of their stars to remain at the club.


Dyche will be hoping that he can add to his squad before the Premier League restarts again on August 13 in the hope that he can avoid two relegations in three years.

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