Ipswich eye former West Ham star James Collins

James Collins of West Ham United during the Carabao Cup quarter final match between Arsenal and West Ham United at Emirates Stadium on December 19, 2017 in London, England.

HITC Sport understands Ipswich are lining up move for free agent James Collins.

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,...

Former West Ham United defender James Collins is being lined up for a move to Ipswich Town, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

Collins is a free agent after surprisingly leaving West Ham earlier this summer when his contract expired.

Former Wales international Collins has spent 10 years at West Ham during two spells at the club, making over 200 appearances for the Hammers. Collins joined West Ham from Cardiff in 2005 and was sold to Aston Villa four years later before returning in 2012.

Collins has been training with West Ham to maintain his fitness as he looks to find a new club.

James Collins of West Ham United warms up during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Leicester City at London Stadium on March 18, 2017 in Stratford, England.

A number of sides have shown an interest in Collins, and now Ipswich are ready to offer the 35-year-old a chance to move to Portman Road.

Ipswich boss Paul Hurst is keen to add some experience to his young squad after a difficult start to life at the Championship club

Ipswich are rock bottom of the Championship having failed to win any of their opening five games, and Hurst sees Collins' experience and leadership qualities as being a valuable addition to his squad.

Paul Hurst manager of Shrewsbury Town during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay match between West Ham United and Shrewsbury Town at London Stadium on January 16, 2018 in London,...

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