Nathan Collins is getting closer to Burnley day by day as transfer talk continues to intensify.
The reports in England suggested that Burnley are preparing move for Stoke City centre-back Nathan Collins.
The Ireland international joined Stoke from Cherry Orchard in 2016. His contract expires in the summer of 2024.
The centre-back has featured in 27 matches this term, netting two goals and providing one assist in all competitions.
The 20-year-old has been touted as one of the brightest young prospects in Ireland.
Nathan Collins has represented Ireland at Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 level, winning 26 caps.
He has been in impressive form for Stoke this season and it looks like he caught the eye of many Premier League clubs including Burnley.
The Clarets are looking to sign a centre-back and have identified the 20-year-old as potential transfer target.
The Burnley manager has been impressed by his performances this season and could make a move this summer. Sean Dyche is a long term admirer of Collins and believes he can get the most out of the Ireland international.
The Stoke City centre-back heavily relies on his ability to read the game. It is coupled with his sensible tackling and an excellent sense of positioning, allowing him to repel most of the danger in the defensive third.
According to the report, “Burnley are preparing to make a significant bid for Stoke City centre-back Nathan Collins. According to Football Insider, with the source suggesting an offer of roughly £9 million is being prepared. The Clarets wanted the 19-year-old in January, but failed to secure his signature. Now it appears they are willing to pay an even higher price for Collins. Despite missing time in recent months due to a foot injury, Collins is highly rated and Burnley believe he can make the step up to the Premier League next term.”
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Stoke are not in a position where they need to sell and would like to keep hold of the centre-back, but right offer may force the club to consider a deal.
Nathan Collins ideal fit for Burnley?
If Collins is available for the right price, then he could be a clever acquisition for Burnley.
It is smart from the club to invest in younger players, rather than splashing out big money on experienced players with no resale value.
As for the player, Burnley could be a great place for him to grow as a footballer. They will be able to provide him with regular first-team football and he will be coached by a very good manager like Sean Dyche.
It will be interesting to see whether Burnley will make their move during the summer transfer window.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.