Aston Villa defender James Collins could be on his way back to West Ham as the East London club look to strengthen their side ahead of life back in the Premier League, according to The Sun.
Currently at Aston Villa, the 28 year old originally signed for West Ham from Cardiff in 2005, and new Villa boss Paul Lambert could be willing to let the Welsh centre back leave if he is able to find a suitable replacement.
Collins has made 91 appearances and scored 5 goals for Villa since joining in 2009, and has just the Premier League experience Sam Allardyce will be eager to bring in ahead of their return to the top flight of English football.
The Hammers have already made 4 signings this summer, including making last seasons loanee George McCartney a permanent employee at Upton Park.
However, Sunderland have also been strongly linked to be trying to secure Collins’ signature, as former Villa boss Martin O’Neill not only looks to reunite with James Collins, but also Stephen Warnock, both of whom were named on the bench in a pre-season friendly against Chicago Fire.
Aston Villa have valued their Welshman as being worth £2 million, and a battle could now ensue between the Hammers and the Black Cats as they chase Collins’ services.