Stoke City turn down Burnley offer for centre back Nathan Collins

Burnley have had an initial £4.5m offer for Stoke City centre back Nathan Collins rejected.

Tuesday, 26th January 2021, 10:15 am
Updated Tuesday, 26th January 2021, 10:18 am
Nathan Collins

The Potters are thought to want at least £10m for the 19-year-old, who is under contract until 2024 at the Bet365 Stadium.

Collins started out as a youth in Dublin with Cherry Orchard, and in January 2016 was spotted by then assistant boss Mark Bowen's brother Tony.

The young Irishman made his debut in April 2019, and that summer signed a new five-year contract.

Collins started the 2019/20 season in the side under Nathan Jones, and was named captain - the youngest player to wear the armband for Stoke - against Leeds, but was sent off in an EFL Cup defeat at Crawley Town, and under new boss Michael O'Neill had to be patient for an opportunity back in the first team.

However, the Republic of Ireland Under 21 international has so far made 24 appearances for Stoke this season, scoring twice, earning a regular berth in a side which kept 23 clean sheets in 46 league and cup games in 2020 - the best record in English football.

Collins is viewed as a player very much in the Sean Dyche mould, with Arsenal also believed to be keen on the 6ft 3ins defender.