REPORT: Burnley agree £12m fee with Stoke City for Nathan Collins

Burnley have reportedly agreed a £12m fee with Stoke City for defender Nathan Collins.

Tuesday, 22nd June 2021, 10:42 am
Updated Tuesday, 22nd June 2021, 10:44 am
Nathan Collins
Nathan Collins

In late January, the Clarets had an initial £4.5m offer for the centre back, who can also play at right back, rejected.

The Potters were thought to want at least £10m for the 20-year-old, who is under contract until 2024 at the Bet365 Stadium.

But Burnley returned with an improved bid earlier this month, and Stoke had been hopeful of the offer would start an auction for the youngster, with a number of other Premier League clubs believed to be monitoring the situation, including Manchester United, Arsenal and Leicester City.

But the appear to have convinced Stoke to sell, with Sean Dyche closing in on one of his main targets.

Collins started out as a youth in Dublin with Cherry Orchard, and in January 2016 was spotted by then assistant boss Mark Bowen's brother Tony.

The young Irishman made his debut in April 2019, and that summer signed a new five-year contract.

Collins started the 2019/20 season in the side under Nathan Jones, and was named captain - the youngest player to wear the armband for Stoke - against Leeds, but was sent off in an EFL Cup defeat at Crawley Town, and under new boss Michael O'Neill had to be patient for an opportunity back in the first team.

However, the Republic of Ireland Under 21 international made 27 appearances for Stoke last season, scoring twice, earning a regular berth in the side before a fracture in the base of his foot in February ruled him out for the season.

Collins is viewed as a player very much in the Sean Dyche mould, with Manchester United, Arsenal and Leicester City also believed to be keen on the 6ft 3ins defender.