Republic of Ireland Under-21 international Nathan Collins has joined Premier League side Burnley from Stoke City.

The defender has signed a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £12million, with the Clarets.

Collins joined the Stoke academy in 2017 from Dublin side Cherry Orchard and made 49 appearances for the Potters after his debut in April 2019 and was the club's youngest ever captain later that year.

"I want to play in the Premier League. It’s going to be a jump but I think I can be ready for it," the 20-year-old, who will have Ireland internationals Kevin Long and Jimmy Dunne as team-mates, told the club’s website.

"Every season they go into it, Burnley look dangerous. They can always hurt teams and it’s a really attractive team to come and play for.

"I want a challenge. That’s why I play football – to challenge myself and I can’t wait to get going.

"I want to play big games, I want to play against these players – I really can’t wait.

"Looking at Burnley, looking at what they’ve done in the last few seasons and what they want for the future; everything played a part.

"I think they do have big expectations at this club and I want to be part of it."

Burnley chairman Alan Pace said: "We are extremely pleased to have secured the services of Nathan, who has been much sought after as one of the most promising young players in the country".

"We believe he will be an excellent addition."

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