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Ginger Pele faces career dilemma

collinsChris Hughton is allegedly prepared to make a £2million bid for James Collins to join Brighton reports claim.

The 34-year-old centre-back is wanted at the Amex Stadium to bolster his defence with solid Premier League experience during the winter window.

The Ginger Pele has less than six months left on his current Hammers deal and he is yet to open talks to agree fresh terms to keep him at the club for a seventh straight season. He would prefer to get a further extension to finish his playing career at West Ham but is realistic his options may be limited so could consider finishing his career somewhere else if a suitable offer came in.

David Moyes has shown recent faith in the Welsh defender who has made just nine appearances all season.  Four of those appearances came in the last five weeks of last year and he was part of the team who beat Huddersfield 4-1 last week.

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Collins missed the FA Cup win over Shrewsbury last night with a small knock last night but is expected to be available with Fonte and Reid still recovering from injuries.


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6 comments on “Ginger Pele faces career dilemma

  1. We would be mad to sell Ginge & we are looking at 32yo CBs I don’t get it. Gave Reid a 5yr deal & Ginge 5 years older is just as reliable if not more so.
    Never complains happy to be a squad player just wants club to do well on low wages.
    When he has player has been one of our beat CBs & most intelligent w that near post goal no other CB does that.

    But he has said he wants to retire her he has shown this season how strong he is at back him & Noble are the few who pkay for the club not just money really love the club. He is passionate intelligent & solid CB who should not only get a new player/coach contract but also testimonial.

    Send back Hart that frees up £100k plus wages & will cover Collins for a year w £65k left over to get another GK on loan until. Hart doesn’t care bout West Ham like Collins does & notnlike Ginge hasn’t saved us a number of times over past year.
    Yes he is 34 but many clubs be happy to have him in their squad.

    Ginge as been Loyal to the club now its time we are Moyes & board a loyal back bc if sell him will regret it & will make a lot of fans angry just give him is wish to retire here

  2. No question. James Collins MUST stay at West Ham. Why on earth would you get rid of him ? He is loyal, capable, trustworthy, gives his all in every game, uncomplaining, dedicated &, most of all, as good or better than any other of our defenders.
    He has been loyal to us. We must be loyal to him.

  3. Is there a sale on at West Ham? This transfer window is fast becoming a Fekkin nightmare! Moyes better have some irons in the fire (see what I did there) or he is heading for one up the jacksy!

  4. Agree with above sentiments, in this profession it has become pretty rare for any player to show such passion & commitment to the club that employs him, so it should be a no brainier that’ since the player is still performing well we should keep him, unless of course he wants to go.

  5. Not sure there is a dilemma here. All of the attributes listed above are spot on. But lack of pace and mobility as limitations haven’t been considered. Not sure there’s any dilemma for Ginge here.

    Chris Hughton offers Collins a 2.5 year contract with guaranteed income for the duration. If career ends prematurely with injury he still collect 2.5 years worth.

    By contrast the Irons are prepared to let this loyal stalwart sweat it out with no promises of an extension deal and calling on him when the ****e hits the fan through injuries. When his contract negotiation position is at its weakest at the end of the season the Club will offer him a threadbare 6-12 months deal on a reduced wedge.

    Welcome to life at the Seaside, Ginge! Where’s the dilemma?

    More a no brainer at this point it would seem. Collins has to make hay from the limited sunshine earning days before retirement. Good luck to this diamond geezer.

    • He as already openly said he wants to retire here & would make a good coach already a leader & one of the few who plays for the club not money. Passionate would like to see him get player/coach contract & work on badges he is type of player who is happy to let youth get chance ahead of him but has been huge for us in last year in a half in defense.
      And on low wages send back Hart & that’s his wages for 2 years with £30k left over.
      The club should be loyal to him if they offer him just a year he would take that over going to Brighton

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