Newcastle United & Leeds United Chasing Clarets Defender

Nathan Collins Attracting Interest From Premier League Clubs

Newcastle United and Leeds United are plotting moves to sign Burnley defender Nathan Collins, according to reports in the Football Insider. The Clarets are facing a battle to keep hold of the Republic of Ireland U21 International following their relegation from Premier League. A recruitment source has said that Newcastle and Leeds are both looking to sign a centre-back and they see Collins as someone with “huge” potential.

Nathan Collins, who joined Burnley from Stoke City last summer in a £12million deal has a contract until the summer of 2025. After beginning the season out of the side, injuries to James Tarkowski and Ben Mee enabled the defender to finish his debut Premier League campaign with nineteen top-flight appearances, including eighteen starts. As the Clarets were relegated on the final day after a 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United, Collins gave away a penalty with a handball that led to the opening goal.

The result meant Leeds United ensured their Premier League status with a win away at Brentford with the same result while Newcastle United finished in mid table. Interim boss Mike Jackson told the Burnley Express that Collins cannot be blamed for his side’s fate as he had been “immense” this season.

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