This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict’ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Stoke City have rejected an improved offer for defender Nathan Collins from Burnley, The Sun’s Alan Nixon has reported.
Burnley had already reportedly seen a £4.5million for the 19-year-old rejected earlier in the January window, and according to this latest update, the Potters have now knocked back a £7.5million bid from the Turf Moor club as well.
It has previously been suggested that Stoke were holding out for a fee of up to £15million for Collins, who has three-and-a-half years remaining on his contract at The Bet365 Stadium.
So were Stoke right to reject that second, £7.5million bid for Collins from Burnley?
We put that question to some of our Football League World writers, and here, is a look at what they had to say.
Collins is a player I saw live over the weekend and he impressed me so much.
Long-term, his future lies at centre-back, but he put in a top shift at right-back and looks mature beyond his years.
It’s very cliché, but he’s almost the perfect Burnley player, so I fully understand why they are pushing for this deal to be done.
Despite his impressive showings, I feel a bid of around £7-8m is about right for Collins at the moment and cannot see Burnley breaking the bank to get a deal over the line.
However, from a Stoke perspective, they know they’ve got a player here that can go to the top. That means rebuffing the bid makes sense to me at this stage.
Week-by-week I think we are seeing Collins’ stock rise.
I’m surprised by this decision.
Collins hasn’t exactly got a considerable amount of experience under his belt with Stoke City so far in his career, but the club clearly rate him highly.
However, you have to think about the other areas of the squad that Stoke could strengthen with the reported fee of £7.5million that they rejected from Burnley for Collins’ services.
It’ll be interesting to see what the Potters are holding out for with Collins, as they’re clearly keen to keep him at the club for the foreseeable future.
He’s a player with a bright future ahead of him if his recent performances are anything to go by, but whether that future is with Stoke, remains to be seen.
I believe this is the right decision, yes.
It wouldn’t make a lot of sense to let one of your best defenders leave so close to the end of the window.
The Potters are better off waiting until the summer to entertain offers for Collins, and I believe if he was to head for pastures new, it would have happened a lot earlier in January.
He’s worth more than what was offered too and I think they could hold out for a fee upwards of £10million, so in short, he’s going nowhere.