Report: Aston Villa discuss signing James Collins as John Terry alternative

General view of Villa Park before the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Queens Park Rangers at Villa Park on March 13, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Former West Ham defender James Collins played for Aston Villa between 2009 and 2012 and could reportedly return to the Championship club.

Aston Villa captain John Terry in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on September 12, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

John Terry is not the only experienced centre-back without a club right now. There is also James Collins and Robert Huth, who were both released this summer after long spells at West Ham United and Leicester City respectively.

So there are options out there as Steve Bruce looks to bring in a man capable of shoring up a defence that conceded four times against Sheffield United on Saturday.

The Sun claimed that Bruce was hoping to convince Villa’s owners to bring Terry back to the club he captained to the Championship play-off final last season.


But the Birmingham Mail is reporting that the former England captain isn’t the only man being considered by the struggling Midland giants.

The report claims that Collins has been discussed too, although Villa are yet to get in touch about offering him a contract. The former Wales international, two years younger than Terry at 35, spent three years at Aston Villa between 2009 and 2012, making 108 appearances and reaching the 2010 League Cup final.

James Collins of Aston Villa celebrates his goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Newcastle United at Villa Park on April 10, 2011 in Birmingham, England.

Collins also featured 13 times in the Premier League for West Ham last season before he was informed by email that his contract would not be extended, as reported by The Sun.

Huth, meanwhile, is also available. Villa were linked with the giant German earlier in the summer but the Birmingham Mail claims that he hasn’t been discussed for a number of months.

Robert Huth of Leicester City poses with the Premier League Trophy as players and staffs celebrate the season champions after the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and...

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