Newcastle United, Leeds United ‘plotting moves’ for £12m Burnley centre-back with ‘huge potential’

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Newcastle target Nathan Collins Credit: PA Images
Newcastle target Nathan Collins Credit: PA Images

According to reports, Newcastle United and Leeds United are both ‘plotting moves’ for Burnley centre-back Nathan Collins this summer.

The defender progressed through the ranks at Championship side Stoke City.

After playing 47 times for the Potters, Burnley signed him for around £12m ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.

The moment each Premier League side’s 2021/22 season fate was decided

The 21-year-old played 22 times for the Clarets as they suffered relegation from the Premier League.

Collins gave away a penalty against Newcastle on the final day as Burnley lost 2-1. Leeds meanwhile beat Brentford 2-1 to leapfrog Mike Jackson’s side in the table.

Football Insider are reporting that Newcastle and Leeds are now ‘in a race’ to sign Collins this summer.

They add that both clubs are in the market for a centre-back and they consider the Burnley man to be a player with ‘huge potential’.

Burnley may also lose Maxwel Cornet as West Ham and Everton are reportedly interested in signing him.

The Ivory Coast international joined the Clarets last summer and was their top scorer this term, but could not keep his side in the Premier League.

He scored nine goals in his debut season in the English top-flight and is now attracting interest from elsewhere following Burnley’s relegation.

According to The Telegraph, Cornet has a £17.5m relegation release clause in his contract, with West Ham and Everton both “looking at” the possibility of triggering it.

£17.5m is seen as a relatively low amount of money for a player who took to Premier League football very well. However, Burnley stand to make a profit on the £12.85m they paid Lyon for his services in August 2021.

Should Everton lose either, or both of, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison, they will need to bring in some new attackers during the summer window.

Hammers boss David Moyes is keen to improve his squad over the summer following their seventh-place finish in 2021/22.

Watford striker Emmanuel Dennis is also “under consideration” after – like Cornet – his side were relegated to the Championship.

Strengthening his defence remains a priority, with the report adding that Rennes centre-half Nayef Aguerd is a target.

Moyes is set to lose right-back Ryan Fredericks when his contract expires next month. Southampton are thought to be leading the race for the 29-year-old’s signature, with Fulham also interested.

 

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