Wolves and Leicester City are reportedly showing the strongest interest in centre-back Nathan Collins.
According to The Sun, the Midlands clubs are both looking to make a move for the Burnley star this summer, following the Clarets’ relegation from the Premier League.
Collins has only been at Turf Moor for a year.
He joined from Stoke City, and has so far made 22 appearances for the club.
Burnley are reluctant to lose the 21-year-old. They have just lost Ben Mee and will also be losing James Tarkowski, who is joining Everton.
New manager Vincent Kompany is said to want to build his defence around Collins.
But the club would apparently sell if they were able to turn a profit on him.
Collins joined the club for a reported £12 million.
The situation somewhat mirrors last summer, when Wolves and Leicester both showed interest in Jannik Vestergaard.
The Denmark international’s stock was high after a good 2020/21 with Southampton.
In the end, it was the Foxes who managed to sign him for around £15 million.
Ultimately it has not been a particularly good start to life at the King power for the 29-year-old, with reports suggesting they are already looking to offload him.
Wolves may hope that they will be able to beat Leicester this time around for Collins.
Wolves need to be aggressive if Collins is who they want
If Collins is someone Wolves have genuine interest in, then it’s important for the club to be aggressive in their pursuit. Especially with Leicester also lurking.
Fans are getting agitated with the Joao Palhinha saga, with Fulham seemingly set to sign the midfielder despite Wolves having been in pole position.
It would be extremely frustrating if that happened, and if Leicester then went ahead and snapped up Collins.
There is obviously plenty of time for Wolves to do business this summer.
But it is about setting the tone. The club need to be getting new faces in now, so they can bed in ahead of the new season.
While there are better options out there, Collins could make a for a decent addition this summer.
He has good potential, and has previously been described by the Stoke Sentinel as ‘a classy operator who has a bit of everything’.