Sean Dyche, Manager of Burnley  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Sean Dyche, Manager of Burnley (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Burnley rumours: Clarets lead race for £15m Liverpool ace, Dyche identifies replacement for Spurs target

Burnley are up and running in the transfer market.

Friday, 25th June 2021, 8:38 am

The Clarets have confirmed the signing of Republic of Ireland U21 defender Nathan Collins from Stoke City after a lengthy pursuit of the player that stretched back to the January window.

Despite only being 20, the towering centre-back established himself as a standout performer in the Championship, and is seemingly intent to do the same in the top flight.

“Everything about it is top drawer. It’s massive. It’s what I want to do,” said Collins, who became City's youngest captain when he led the side at the start of the 2019/20 season.

“I want to play in the Premier League. It’s going to be a jump but I think I can be ready for it.

“Every season they go into it, Burnley look dangerous. They can always hurt teams and it’s a really attractive team to come and play for.

“I want a challenge. That’s why I play football – to challenge myself and I can’t wait to get going.

“I want to play big games, I want to play against these players – I really can’t wait.

“Looking at Burnley, looking at what they’ve done in the last few seasons and what they want for the future; everything played a part.

“I think they do have big expectations at this club and I want to be part of it.”

Collins has been capped twice by the Republic of Ireland at youth international level.

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