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Report: Burnley Make Bid To Sign Nathan Collins

Report: Burnley Make Bid To Sign Nathan Collins

Irishman Nathan Collins has been a rock at the heart of Stoke City's defence for the past year, and it looks like he's about to be rewarded with a move to the Premier League with Burnley.

The Sun are reporting that Burnley have made a £12m bid for the centre-back, who has previously been linked with Manchester United and Chelsea.

Collins has yet to be capped at senior level, but has played at every underage level for Ireland up to under-21s, captaining the under-17 side. He may well have been involved in the recent senior internationals, had it not been for a season-ending foot injury in February.

He broke through into the Stoke team in 2019, and has been a trusted servant in the club's defence ever since, despite only turning 20 in April. Even with his foot injury putting an abrupt halt to his 2020-21 season, he managed 22 appearances in the Championship for the Potters.

It seems increasingly likely the Leixlip man will be plying his trade in the Premier League next year, and Burnley appear determined to get their man. Having had a £7.5m bid rejected in January, they've nearly doubled their bid in an attempt to get their man.

James Tarkowski has consistently impressed at the heart of Burnley's defence this season, but rumours abound that he will leave the club this summer - even if his manager Sean Dyche is confident his man will stay.

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If Tarkowski does leave Turf Moor this summer, there will be a huge hole at the heart of Burnley's defence, and it seems as though Dyche has his heart set on Collins to fill the gap. He would join Irishmen Kevin Long and Jimmy Dunne at the Clarets if the move does go through.

A move to the Premier League would be a huge step forward for the career of Nathan Collins, and it seems that Burnley are set to give him and Irish fans the move that they want this summer.

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