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Ipswich Town close to sealing agreement for ex-Premier League player

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Ipswich Town are edging closer to completing the signing of James Collins as Paul Lambert looks to bolster his defensive options, according to Sky Sports. 

They’ve reported that the former West Ham defender has agreed personal terms with Ipswich ahead of a short-term deal with the struggling Tractor Boys.

It was thought that Collins was set to sign for Aston Villa after a successful trial period, but a shoulder injury sustained by the defender meant he didn’t link up with Dean Smith’s side.

Collins has been a free agent since the summer, when his time at West Ham came to an end after a successful second spell with the Hammers.

The veteran centre-back is also a highly experienced international, having made 51 appearances for Wales before calling time on his international career in 2017.

With Collins looking set to join Ipswich, he certainly is in for a busy time, as Paul Lambert’s side are already ten points adrift of safety at the bottom of the table.

But supporters will be hoping that Collins’ experience can play a vital part in potentially saving the club from relegation to League One this season.

The Verdict: 

This is a smart bit of business by Ipswich.

Collins is a gamble at his age, but he’s a more than good enough option to have in defence for Paul Lambert’s side for the remainder of the season.

He’ll play a crucial role in this Ipswich side, and will need to be on the top of his game from the start if the Tractor Boys are to avoid dropping into League One.

Editorial Assistant at Snack Media, writing for Football League World on a regular basis! Sports Journalism graduate from Southampton Solent University.

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