(Reuters) – Wolverhampton Wanderers have completed the signing of defender Nathan Collins from Championship side Burnley on a five-year contract, the Premier League club announced on Tuesday.
Wolves paid a transfer fee in the region of 20.5 million pounds ($24.41 million) for the Ireland international, according to British media reports.
“The central defender has agreed a five-year deal, with the option of a further 12 months, to become Bruno Lage’s first new signing of the summer,” Wolves said in a statement .
Collins will join his team mates for their pre-season training camp in Alicante, Spain.
The 21-year-old moves to Wolves after one season at Turf Moor, during which he made 19 league appearances as Burnley were relegated to the second tier.
“We’ve looked at Nathan for a while and admired him, so we’re delighted,” said Wolves technical director Scott Sellars. “He’s only 21, has played international football and had a good season last year with Burnley.”
Wolves, who finished 10th last season, kick off the new campaign with a trip to Leeds United on Aug. 6.
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(Reporting by Dhruv Munjal in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis)