Hammers take a position on Ginge


CollinsJames Collins will be allowed to move on from the Hammers if the club receive a suitable offer for the Hammers veteran.

And contrary to reports, the 33 year old central defender is not in talks with the club over a new deal with his current contract running out next summer.

The Hammers  are aware that both Everton and Crystal Palace have been linked with the player over recent days but have not had any formal offer for Ginge.

However the club would believe it unfair to stand in his way were he to receive the offer of a two year deal given his loyalty to the club.

And with Declan Rice emerging as a top prospect they believe they could afford to let Collins take an opportunity should it come his way.

We understand that there is activity between agents but that nothing has been firmed up at this stage.

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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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  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    You let players like Ginge leave at your peril, my thoughts are it was he who saved us from relegation last season with his brave play in defence in spiring a team that were on a downward spiral.

  • mooro66uk says:

    If he wants to go for a last hurrah, would it be right to stand in his way? Also, what happened to “give the young uns a chance”?

  • Hammer64 says:

    I agree 32. The owners have done well in the buying side but ther is a danger now they will panic on the selling side. I can just about see the case for letting Fletcher go, but we have to keep some decent backup throughout the team. Especially with our history of injuries. I understand the ‘give the kids a chance’ argument but first you have to show we are bringing some good youngsters through. Bilic has been slated for not giving them a chance but I think there is a reason for that…

  • aol says:

    This would not be a good deal for West Ham. If we have a surplus of centre backs it would make more sense to make Fonte available. Him and Collins are the same age, Fonte’s likely to be one of the top earners being a new signing, and as has been said earlier, Collins held the defence together last season.

  • essexirons says:

    imho we should be keeping him, he will get no more game time at Everton than he does with us

  • bashammer11 says:

    So how are we going to benefit from selling him for 2-3 million.?
    Ginge always gives 100% for the club.We’ve gotta to keep him.

  • PopRobson says:

    I seem to remember a stage last season when he hadn’t played for a while, hadn’t really been needed for a while and there was an acceptance that he would be sold…and then in a pretty desperate situation he got called upon and hardly put a foot wrong….keep him.

  • Lazurus. rises like a salmon says:

    Maybe there’s a centre half coming in 😉
    Heart says keep brain says let him go ! Club needs to make a decision sooner or later that all players on the wrong side of 30 need replacing and any deadwood removed if we intend to go up a gear. The two recent friendly games he played in he got done on pace a couple of times , if not for Adrian the kid who got behind him in the o-o would have been embarrassing if he’d scored , love him to bits but he has lost pace and that would cost us dearly IMO, noble is another wake up call in the making , don’t tell me its gone unnoticed about his pace 😉 cos nobody is that dumb 😂 are they ?

  • JRS says:

    Agree w most posters. He has said wants to end his career here. He loves the club the fans lovehim and he is best cover we have and Loyal. Lasting him go for even £5m after we have recouped so much money would be a watse like others have said Fonte is on higher wage. And with Ogbonna And Reids Injury’s we don’t need to sell our most reliable CB

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