Matthew Etherington says West Ham should not sell James Collins

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Norwich City have been linked with a move for West Ham United defender James Collins.

Former Tottenham Hotspur winger Matthew Etherington has taken to social networking site Twitter to warn West Ham United against selling defender James Collins this month.

The 31-year-old Wales international centre-back is currently in his second spell at West Ham, having returned to the Boleyn Ground in the summer of 2012 after leaving Aston Villa.

According to The Mirror, the Hammers are willing to sell Collins before the end of the summer transfer window.

It has been reported by the British newspaper that newly-promoted Premier League outfit Norwich City are interested in signing the former Cardiff City star.

Collins has yet to feature in the Premier League this season and has fallen down the pecking order following the arrival of Angelo Ogbonna from Italian champions Juventus earlier this summer.

Former West Ham winger Etherington has stated on Twitter that it would be a mistake from the Hammers to part company with Collins this month.

Collins featured in 27 Premier League games last season, creating five chances in the process. The Welshman had a pass accuracy of 67%, and won 101 headers and 24 tackles.

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