James Collins’ return to Aston Villa didn’t last long. About an hour in fact.
According to The Mirror in December, Villa handed a short-term deal to the veteran defender, who was understood to have agreed a weekly wage of £10,000 a week.
But, in a remarkable twist, the report adds that 35-year-old Collins picked up a calf injury just 60 minutes later and then decided to rip up the contract despite the fact that the ink was still dry.
Almost three weeks on, the trail has grown cold and a move back to Villa Park now appears to be off the table for good with Dean Smith landing Kortney Hause on loan from Wolves while targeting a reunion with Brentford ace Yoann Barbet, as reported by The Mirror.
The Tractor Boys were linked during the ill-fated reign of Paul Hirst and it is understood that his replacement, Paul Lambert, could now move to pick up where the former Shrewsbury Town boss left off.
It is reported that Lambert is desperate to add some experience to his squad and former West Ham and Wales defender Collins would fit the bill with the Anglian outfit stuck to the bottom of the Championship.