Clarets Make £12M Offer For Stoke City Defender
Burnley Football Club have made a stunning new £12 million bid for Stoke City centre back Nathan Collins. The Clarets hope to clinch a deal for the Republic of Ireland U21 International star who has been top of Sean Dyche’s transfer list since the last transfer window, when the Clarets failed to sign the defender with a smaller bid.
The latest offer by the Clarets is set to be accepted by the Potters who have been waiting for bigger clubs such as Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea to come in with larger offers. Collins, missed the second half of the season with injury, however Burnley are convinced he is ready to go straight into Sean Dyche’s team.
The powerful defender can play centre-half or right back and could be needed if James Tarkowski is sold this summer. Yet for the past year the 6ft 4ins starlet has also been tracked by Premier League ‘Big Six’ clubs. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer first eyed Collins two seasons ago after he made his first-team debut aged of only seventeen. Whilst German club Werder Bremen reportedly asked Stoke City about Collins two summers ago. But Collins signed a new deal with the Potters until 2024.
At one stage it was Chelsea that were in pole position to sign the defender, but Arsenal, Manchester United and Burnley have been linked with his signature mist recently. So far Collins has failed to earn a senior Republic of Ireland cap, but his breakthrough on the international stage seems sure to come next season.