Could James Collins be tempted into Celtic switch?

James Collins of West Ham United looks dejected after Newcastle United first goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and West Ham United at St. James Park on August...

West Ham United veteran James Collins could be a fine addition to Celtic's back line next season.

James Collins and Cheikhou Kouyate of West Ham United speak with match referee during the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and West Ham United at Amex Stadium on...

Despite quitting his Wales career to focus entirely on West Ham United in 2017, James Collins does not appear to be worthy of a new contract according to the Hammers hierarchy.

The central defender's current deal is expected to expire at the end of the season, having signed his last extension in late 2015.  At 34, Collins is nearing the end of his career, but undoubtedly he has a couple more years of football in him.

Having parted ways with Jose Fonte recently - a fellow 34-year-old - it appears the Hammers are looking for a defensive overhaul, especially with youngsters such as Reece Oxford and Josh Pask lurking in the wings. 

So far in his career, the Welshman's sole trophy comes in the form of the FAW Premier Cup, a Welsh competition that he won with Cardiff City in 2002. 

Brendan Rodgers manager of Celtic speaks to Saidy Janko of Celtic during a Celtic training session ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group B match against Paris Saint-Germain at...

Like so many others who have made the move to Celtic or Rangers in the past, the opportunity to win silverware is often too enticing to turn down, and with the added incentive of working under a manager such as Brendan Rodgers, the Bhoys may just be able to lure the 34-year-old away from London for a final career move. 

There is no question that a defender of Collins' quality and experience would be a huge asset to a club like Celtic. Three of the club's senior centre-backs are aged 23 or under in Jozo Simunovic, Kristoffer Ajer and Jack Hendry and, like Kolo Toure did last season, Collins could act as a mentor for the next generation.

All Celtic need to do to get the ball rolling is simply get in touch with the defender's representatives, but it seems like an obvious fit is West Ham continue to deny the veteran the chance of an extended deal. 

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