Leeds United fans want James Collins after West Ham exit

Fans look on during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Leeds United and Rotherham United at Elland Road on January 9, 2016 in Leeds, England.

James Collins is a free agent after being let go by Premier League West Ham - but could he be an option for Championship side Leeds United?

James Collins of West Ham United celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and West Ham United at Vitality Stadium on December 26,...

West Ham United might not have felt the need to inform James Collins face to face that he would be released after 12 years of loyal service, but the veteran centre-back would be welcomed with open arms by Leeds United fans as he embarks on a pursuit of a new club.

The veteran defender was in tears during the final game of the Premier League season with his contract due to expire. And The Sun claims that he was informed that he would not be handed a new deal via email.

James Collins of West Ham United shows his emotions following the Premier League match between West Ham United and Everton at London Stadium on May 13, 2018 in London, England.

Understandably, the West Ham fans are furious about the way one of their most consistent and honest players has been treated. Though supporters of Leeds are seeing this as an opportunity.

Leeds, after all, looking for a marquee addition at centre-half this summer, and a player with Collins’ experience and leadership could come in very handy for Paul Heckingbottom’s youthful and inconsistent squad.

Paul Heckingbottom Leeds manager gestures during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Leeds United at iPro Stadium on February 21, 2018 in Derby, England.

Leeds are said to be hoping to re-sign Kyle Bartley from Swansea City, but he won’t come cheap, the Sun claiming that the 26-year-old has a £5 million price-tag on his head.

And while Collins is eight years older and hardly a long-term solution, Leeds have discovered with the signings of Rob Green and Pablo Hernandez that age isn't always a big issue. In the meantime, Leeds fans are keen for the club to sign the Ginger Pele:

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