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James Collins completes £2.5m Hammers

01 Aug

James Collins completes £2.5m Hammers move

James Collins today completed a £2.5m move from  Villa to former club  West Ham as boss Paul Lambert continues to reshape his  squad for the new  season.

The Wales international, who joined Villa from the Hammers for £5m in 2009,  had 12 months left on his contract and Lambert has decided to allow the defender  to leave now rather risk losing him for nothing in a year’s time.

Villa are set to finalise a £3.2m deal for Feyenoord centre-back Ron Vlaar  imminently to replace Collins, while speculation has intensified in the past 24  hours that Alan Hutton could be set to leave for Stoke City.

Collins, 28, has signed a four-year contract at Upton Park and revealed he  jumped at the opportunity to rejoin his former club.

“As soon as I knew the interest was there from West Ham, I couldn’t wait to  get down and sign,” said Collins, who will face his old Villa team-mates in the  first game of the season at Upton Park.

“I had a great affinity with the club and the fans when I was here the first  time and I enjoyed my time here so much last time that it wasn’t a hard decision  to make.

“I think everyone knew I didn’t really want to leave when I did (in  2009).

“I’ve come back and I’m a much better player this time around so I can’t wait  to get cracking. Coming back and seeing some of the same old faces is  great.”

Meanwhile, Darren Bent may have to wait until the weekend to get another  opportunity to show Lambert he is the right man to take the captain’s armband  this season.

The Villa striker is unlikely to be fit for tonight’s friendly against  Peterborough at London Road as he nurses a thigh strain picked up on the club’s  US tour, having been handed the captaincy role in pre-season so far.

“If I can hang on to it, I’ll be delighted, that’s a big goal of mine,” said  the England international.

“The gaffer just said to me ‘I’ve given you the armband for now, and I just  want you to justify why I’ve given it to you’.”

 

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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