Having been released by West Ham at the end of last season – bringing to an end over a decade’s worth of service to the Hammers across two spells – James Collins remains a free agent.
Having opted against retirement from the game, the 35-year-old has spent time training with his old club and has been linked with a variety of Championship sides.
Before a second tier outfit can secure the services of the 6’2” former Wales international though, Southampton ought to offer him a place in their set up at St Mary’s Stadium in January. As a squad member, available to provide an experienced, reliable rotation option, Collins could still offer something to the Premier League side.
Signing Collins would also be a very cost-effective measure for the Saints to take in order to add depth to the defensive ranks at Mark Hughes’ disposal, and his arrival would potentially see the struggling Wesley Hoedt relegated to the substitutes’ bench.
What do you think, Saints fans – would you be happy to see the South Coast club pick up Collins as a free agent, or should you be aiming higher than the veteran centre-back?