Former West Ham defender James Collins comments on future amid Aston Villa speculation

Hal Robson-Kanu (C) of Wales smiles with Ashley Williams and James Collins (R) during a training session at Vale Resort on October 5, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales.

Former West Ham United defender James Collins is reportedly wanted by Steve Bruce’s Aston Villa.

James Collins of West Ham United shows appreciation to the fans during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Everton at London Stadium on May 13, 2018 in London, England.

Former West Ham United central defender James Collins said on The Friday Football Social on BBC Radio 5 Live on Friday evening (7:41pm, September 14, 2018) that he is ready to play for any club amid reported interest from Aston Villa.

Collins, who was on the books of Villa from 2009 until 2012, has also said that he thinks that he is still good enough for the Premier League.

The 35-year-old central defender is a free agent at the moment, having left Premier League side West Ham at the end of last season.


The former Wales international has admitted that he did think that he would be back at West Ham after leaving the London club while he was training with the Hammers.

According to The Birmingham Mail, Villa are interested in securing the services of Collins on a free transfer.

When asked about returning to West Ham, Collins said on The Friday Football Social on BBC Radio 5 Live on Friday evening (7:41pm, September 14, 2018): “It’s not going to happen, unfortunately. I was down there two weeks ago, three weeks ago, training. I probably held onto it a little bit too much, hoping it would come, but obviously I had to move on from that.”

Collins added about his future: “I would go anywhere.”

“I still know in myself I can play in the Premier League, if I am honest,” continued the defender.

13th May 2018, London Stadium, London, England; EPL Premier League football, West Ham United versus Everton; James Collins of West Ham United emotiinal on the pitch after full time as the...

Doing a good job

Collins has kept himself fit, and it would be wise of Villa to sign the former West Ham centre-back.

The Villans are struggling defensively at the moment, and the former Cardiff City centre-back would be a good signing for Steve Bruce’s side.

James Collins #19 of West Ham United drinks water during practice on March 14, 2018 in Miami, Florida.

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