Stoke City eye move for Watford centre-back Ben Wilmot after Championship side agree £12m fee with Burnley to sell defender Nathan Collins this summer
- Watford defender Ben Wilmot made 27 appearances for the club last season
- He came through at Stevenage but has been at Vicarage Road for three seasons
- The 21-year-old is being targeted by Stoke as Nathan Collins’ replacement
- The Championship side have agreed a £12m deal with Burnley for Collins
Stoke City are looking at Watford defender Ben Wilmot as a replacement for Burnley-bound Nathan Collins.
The Championship club have agreed a £12million fee with Burnley for 20-year-old Collins though discussions continue about add-ons.
It would be the first major signing at Burnley under new owner Alan Pace and their biggest deal since signing Ben Gibson from Middlesbrough.
Stoke City are looking at Watford defender Ben Wilmot (right) as a replacement for Burnley-bound Nathan Collins (left)
Collins would be the first major signing at Burnley under new owner Alan Pace
Stoke boss Michael O’Neill would like 21-year-old Wilmot to fill the gap. Wilmot played 27 times for The Hornets last season but is unlikely to feature as much in the Premier League following their promotion.
The England youth international came through at Stevenage and has spent the last three campaign with Watford, including two spells out on loan at Udinese and Swansea.
Collins’ arrival at Turf Moor could hasten the departure of James Tarkowski who has only a year left on his contract and has interested West Ham, Wolves and Leicester.
Tarkowski is prompting interest from clubs who hope they can get him for a modest fee this summer with Burnley unlikely to risk losing him for nothing in 12 months’ time.
Tarkowski has been crucial to Sean Dyche’s side preserving their top-flight status in recent seasons, forming an impressive partnership with Ben Mee.
Collins would also be their biggest deal since signing Ben Gibson from Middlesbrough.
Collins’ arrival at Turf Moor could hasten the departure of centre-back James Tarkowski