The veteran defender could prove a shrewd acquisition by Sam Allardyce.
The Welshman has found himself falling down the pecking order under Slaven Bilic, with the Croat preferring Winston Reid and Angelo Ogbonna as his centre-back pairing.
We’ve compared Collins’ Premier League statistics from last season with that of Sunderland’s favoured back two over the same period of time:
|Per Game||Tackles Won||Total Duels Won||Aerial Duels Won||Interceptions||Clearances||Blocks||Appearances|
Collins comes out on top in almost every category - save tackles won - and the statistics provide a clear indication of what he would add to Big Sam's new side.
The Hammers defender was far more dominant in the air than his Sunderland rivals, winning an impressive 72.66% of his aerial duels.
He made double the amount of clearances per game - with 10.74 to 5.08 and 5.44 - suggesting a keen eye for positioning or a lack of composure in possession, depending on one's view.
Collins also made more blocks, more interceptions and won a higher percentage of total duels than the Black Cats pairing and his addition to the squad would seemingly be a welcome one.
Central defence is clearly a problem area for the Sunderland and a move for Collins makes sense given his history with Allardyce.
The 32-year old would provide much-needed grit in the heart of the defence and bring experience of escaping a relegation dog fight - potentially proving to be one of the smartest pieces of early business Allardyce does.