Defender may face a final farewell


CollinsWest Ham will not stand in the way of James Collins if he receives an offer during the summer.

The Hammers are considering their defensive resources which are now more plentiful than for many years and The Ginger Pele is always likely to attract offers.

Sam Allardyce is a big fan and such Championship outfits as Brentford and QPR are expected to be looking in his direction.

The Ginger Pele is happily settled in the area and would sooner stay around the capital as he goes into the last years of his playing career.

And with Angelo Ogbonna Winston Reid, Jose Fonte, Declan Rice, Reece Oxford and Reece Burke available , Collins is likely to get little match action next season.

And with that in mind Collins – despite his love of the club – may decide to enjoy one more contract should it be offered from elsewhere.

A club source said: “We wouldn’t want to stand in his way should he receive an acceptable offer but should it not happen we know he will always give his best for the club. He’s a great servant.”

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • LJ says:

    “Sam Allardyce is a big fan”

    Ermmmmm. NEWS FLASH – He retired!

  • Stan The Man says:

    Cant he be a fan of ginge anymore if he has retired lol
    I mean im retired and im still a fan of his.Elvis is dead but im still a fan of his as well lol

  • Boogabenson says:

    Love Ginge. Everything i love in a player. Gives 110%. Stan ive gotta agree. I love elvis too. Bob marley anything ska. Most are dead.
    I hope he stays but GINGER you will always be loved by the irons mate.

  • Radai Lama..Paid up member of Slavs Chavs. says:

    Difficult not to love Ginge.I mean he is a bit like an old oil tanker amongst super yachts on the pitch but once those yachts hit our oil tanker they soon sink 😁

  • TRB says:

    Top man. I hope Collins stays until his current contract expires. He’s earned a free transfer and signing on fee elsewhere if he chooses not to retire

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