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Nathan Collins due for medical, with Wolves transfer expected to be complete within 24 hours

Nathan Collins playing for Republic of Ireland

Nathan Collins is expected to complete his transfer from Burnley to Wolves within 24 hours after more details emerged of the potential deal.

Collins signed for Burnley last summer, stepping up from Championship outfit Stoke City. However, his first season in the Premier League culminated in relegation. Yet he could have another chance in the top tier next term.

Tuesday’s Paper Talk relayed information that Collins has become a target for Wolves. In fact, talks were already said to be open over a £20.5m transfer.

They seem to have progressed quickly, since other sources are now backing up the news. Indeed, the Telegraph‘s original scoop has been followed up by the likes of the Daily Mail, Fabrizio Romano and Football Insider.

The latter source have since revealed that Collins is now due to take a medical ahead of his proposed move, which they claim will actually cost £21m. Burnley have given him permission to discuss personal terms.

The Telegraph reporter John Percy has also confirmed Collins’ medical will take place on Tuesday.

Should he pass it, he is in line to become Wolves’ first signing of the summer. He would become just the fourth player to have costed them more than £20m.

Collins made 19 appearances in his debut Premier League season with Burnley. The 21-year-old also featured three times in the EFL Cup.

It appears his time at Turf Moor will be restricted to 12 months, though. In turn, Wolves will benefit from the Irishman’s talents.

Burnley options evolving while Wolves strengthen with Nathan Collins

Burnley certainly have a dilemma on their hands now. The formidable centre-back partnership of Ben Mee and James Tarkowski was broken up at the end of last season, when both reached the end of their contracts.

Collins could have stepped into a regular role after their return to the Championship. However, making a big sale – this would be their third highest of all time – will be beneficial to them financially.

New manager Vincent Kompany has already drafted in Taylor Harwood-Bellis and CJ Egan-Riley from his former club Manchester City. Hence, Burnley are working on restocking that department.

As for Wolves, their centre-back ranks should grow even stronger now. They mainly relied on Conor Coady, Max Kilman and Willy Boly last season, while they also have younger options like Toti and Yerson Mosquera on the books.

Collins is another player with potential, who already has a good amount of experience under his belt. Therefore, he will be hoping to establish himself once his move to Molineux goes through.

In a report published just after 10am on Tuesday, Football Insider have predicted it should become official within the next 24 hours.

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