James Collins reportedly in Ipswich talks after tearing up Aston Villa deal

Aston Villa Manager \ Head Coach Dean Smith during the Sky Bet Championship between Aston Villa and Bolton Wanderers at Villa Park on November 2, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

James Collins agreed a deal to return to Aston Villa but could end up playing for Championship strugglers Ipswich Town instead.

James Collins of Aston Villa on December 26, 2010 in Birmingham, England.

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.

But, according to the East Anglian Daily Times, Collins could now be offered a lifeline by another Championship club – Ipswich Town.

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,...

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.

Paul Lambert manager of Ipswich Town looks on during the Sky Bet Championship between Stoke City and Ipswich Town at Bet365 Stadium on December 8, 2018 in Stoke on Trent, England.

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