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SunSport can exclusively reveal that Burnley and Arsenal are battling it out for Stoke’s Nathan Collins — and Sean Dyche has a real chance.

Potters’ defender Collins, 19, is the Clarets’ top choice to replace James Tarkowski in a £10million deal.

Boss Dyche’s transfer team are focusing on the Irishman as they know Tarks will go at some stage.

Collins has moved ahead of Nottingham Forest’s Joe Worrall in that wish list with a string of impressive performances.

He is the type of signing the new American owners want for their long-term plans — and they could even bid BEFORE Tarkowski is sold.

But the Gunners also have their sights on young colossus Collins as a future star — and from the club where they found legendary pair Lee Dixon and Steve Bould.

Meanwhile, SunSport can also reveal that Crystal Palace are in the race for Leicester’s out-of-favour winger Demarai Gray.

The Eagles will swoop for Gray as a replacement for Andros Townsend if he leaves this month — or at the end of his deal in the summer.

Gray seems sure to seek a fresh start after Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers sidelined him.

He has only played one Premier League game in a season that has seen Leicester storm into third, two points off the top.

Roy Hodgson’s Eagles are looking to sign a handful of players, as many of his squad are set to leave this summer.

And finally, Liverpool will reportedly prioritise tying Virgil Van Dijk down with a new deal before holding talks with Mohamed Salah.

The reigning Premier League champions are keen to extend crocked centre-back Van Dijk’s contract at Anfield before turning to Salah amid rumours about his future, according to Eurosport.

The Dutch talisman, 29, is recovering from an ACL op and is still on the same terms as when he joined the club for £75million from Southampton in 2018.

The report states it was always in Liverpool’s plan to offer him a bumper new deal this season.

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