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Report: Villa to sign former Hammer

Aston Villa are set to sign former West Ham defender James Collins, per the Daily Mail.

Ginge was our cult hero in east London and took in two spells at the club, first between 2005 and 2009 and then from 2012 to 2018. 

He is currently without a club after leaving the Irons at the end of last season, and looks set to re-sign with another of his former clubs.

Collins was with Villa between 2009 and 2012, and a report now claims that the Championship club are set to offer him a fresh deal.

The deal is something of a strange one, with it claimed that it will only last five weeks.

However, that will shore up the Villa defence over the festive period, and may well net Ginge a nice Christmas bonus!

ClaretandHugh says: Five weeks or not you can bet your life that our Ginge will be looking to make sure he gets a longer gig than that. There was quite a hullabaloo when he left the club last season but the arrival of Issa Diop and Fabian Balbuena has assured that the central defensive positions have been more than adequately covered. That doesn’t fill the ’emotional ‘ hole left behind by one of our heroes, however, and there won’t be one of us who wouldn’t be delighted  that our ‘cult hero’ has found himself a new club in what really is the twilight of a long and distinguished career. But beyond that Ginge still has plenty of ability and if he can stay clear of injury worries which were something of a curse in the last season with us, he can still do a great job in the Championship. All the best Ginge if you land the job.



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A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

One comment on “Report: Villa to sign former Hammer

  1. In a normal season stricken with injuries to centre backs we would have needed him by now. Luckily Balbuena and Diop don’t seem the injury prone type.

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