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Premier League: Time running out for troubled Clarets

With less than 72 hours remain in the January transfer window, there is little time left for Premier League clubs to get some final business done.

Looking back on recent times, the January window tends to be quieter, with clubs reluctant to pay over the odds for players that are likely to be cheaper in the summer.

However, several clubs in the Premier League may have no choice in the next few days, with the likes of Burnley, Watford, Newcastle United, Norwich, Everton and Leeds United all in a tricky situation with relegation a distinct possibility.

Burnley, Watford and Newcastle are the three teams who occupy the bottom three, but all seven clubs mentioned have work to do in the upcoming days if they want to avoid the drop.

Dyche under pressure at Turf Moor

Sean Dyche has managed to drag Burnley out of trouble on more than one occasion during his 10-year spell in Lancashire, but they have dropped out of the Premier League on one occasion under his stewardship.

The 50-year-old Englishman will need to work his magic once again this season, with the Clarets rock bottom of the table on 12 points and struggling at both ends of the pitch.

Burnley side are 1/2 to go down after enduring a dreadful campaign to date, but they do have four games in hand on some of their rivals and, should they win half of those, it could be enough to see them climb out of the bottom three.

In the coming days, the Clarets need to find a replacement for Chris Wood, who joined relegation rivlas Newcastle earlier this month for a fee believed to be £25m.

Mislav Orsic had been due to join the club, but he reportedly had a change of heart and will now remain with Dinamo Zagreb for the rest of the season at least.

Striker Wout Weghorst appears to be their main target before Monday's deadline, but Burnley may need more players if they want to avoid the drop.

Hodgson's experience crucial for Watford's chances

On Wednesday, Watford appointed their third manager of the season with Roy Hodgson, who has been brought in on a deal until the end of the campaign and replaces the sacked Claudio Ranieri.

Ex-England boss Hodgson says the offer came as a total shock but he has already been hard at work with the squad ahead of the crucial clash against Burnley next.

The Hornets are 12/5 to win on their travels next weekend, while the draw is priced at 9/4 and the Clarets are 23/20 to claim the spoils.

Watford have already been busy this month, brining in Hassane Kamara, Samir, Edo Kayembe and Samuel Kalu, and it is unlikely they will be delving back into the market.

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Just the two for Newcastle

There are not many players Newcastle United have not been linked with, but Eddie Howe has still only managed to secure two transfers at present and time is running out to bring in more faces.

The deals to bring Kieran Trippier and Chris Wood to the club have helped their cause, with the Magpies beating Leeds 1-0 at Elland Road before the current winter break.

A deal for Sevilla's Diego Carlos looks unlikely, but Newcastle still need to improve their squad this weekend. Bruno Guimaraes should help Howe's options in the engine room and he is expected to sign from Lyon, while a new centre-back could be the difference between them staying up or dropping down to the Championship.

Worryingly quiet at Carrow Road

While the rumour mill is rife at other clubs, it appears that Norwich may have to stick with their current crop for the rest of the season.

After back-to-back wins over Everton and Watford, you could argue there is no need for reinforcements, but it does sound worrying that other clubs are trying to give themselves a much-needed lift this month by signing new players.

Norwich have never been a club that splashes the cash, but Dean Smith's side, who are 11/4 to avoid the drop, do look short of quality in the final third.

Risky business from Leeds and Everton

Everton are just days away from appointing Frank Lampard if the newspapers are to be believed, a move that doesn't guarantee safety.

The former Chelsea midfielder was sacked by the Blues before Thomas Tuchel then won the Champions League with the same squad.

Everton have already spent heavily this month trying to help Rafael Benitez, so any other deals would come as a surprise unless the Toffees can secure a loan move or two.

Lampard has yet to prove himself at the highest level, and with Everton still in a dogfight, it is a move that could backfire.

Leeds' managerial situation is stable for now, but the Whites appear to be going all the way to the end of the season with a threadbare squad.

Injuries have caused havoc at Elland Road this year, but the decision to keep their hand in their pocket may come back to bite them, with Leeds 6/1 to drop down into the Championship.

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