Stoke City defender Nathan Collins is said to be the subject of a new £12m bid from long-term admirers Burnley.
The Clarets were said to have the 20-year-old on their radar in January, amid talk of a £7m offer.
And they have reportedly returned again, with more cash on the table, in a bid to prise him away from the Potters.
According to The Sun, Burnley are hopeful of clinching a deal, with the latest bid “set to be accepted” by Stoke.
Collins signed a five-year contract in 2019, and earlier this year it was made clear the Potters would not be letting go of one of their prized assets unless someone dug deep into their pockets.
An unbelievably cheeky £7m was touted back then, with Michael O’Neill saying: “We have him on a long-term contract and the club has no desire to sell him. It would take a number much greater than the number I’ve seen bandied about.”
Burnley’s interest emerged again in reports over the last few weeks, and they are not the only ones who have been sending scouts to Stoke matches over the last year.
The Daily Express and Daily Star reported Leicester City and Arsenal have also been ‘keeping close tabs’ on Collins. Arsenal, like Manchester United, have previously been linked as potential suitors.
Stoke do not want to sell, do not have to sell and will not have their hand forced easily.
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Collins has been striving to get fit for pre-season.
An awkward landing at Norwich City in February left him with a fracture in his foot, but he is expected to be ready in time for the new campaign.
He had made his breakthrough as a regular at right-back over the winter but also featured at centre-half and on the right of a back three.
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O’Neill said just before his injury: “This season he has really grown. He has taken on the challenge of playing at right-back or right centre-back and I think he’s dealt with it very well.
“He has a lot of areas to develop in of course but the pleasing thing for me is that when he has had downturns or hard performances, he has reacted well to that. He has shown a good mentality to play and a good mentality for the situation. I think he’s a player who will continue to develop here.
“I have no doubt that in the not too distant future that Nathan has the capability to play in the Premier League and hopefully that will be for Stoke City and not someone else.”