Ipswich’s potential Collins move ‘dead and buried’ as Welshman prepares to sign elsewhere
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Ipswich Town’s potential move for free agent central defender James Collins is ‘dead and buried now’ according to manager Paul Hurst.
The former West Ham man, also said to be a target of Aston Villa and Stoke, trained with Ipswich during the international break but suffered a hamstring injury and required treatment.
Speaking last week, Hurst said he believed the deal could still happen but has now been informed by the 35-year-old that the move is now no longer a possibility with the Welshman set to move elsewhere.
“I’ve been made aware he won’t be signing for Ipswich Town – I’m surprised we’ve not seen anything in the press in some shape or form. I had a message from James and that deal is dead and buried now.
“I made no secret of the fact we wanted to do something there but I stand by the fact he wasn’t fit at the time. That was what was best for the football club.
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“But if what I’m led to believe is happening, is happening then I wish him well. He was here and genuinely did enjoy his time here.”
When asked if Ipswich had made Collins an offer, Hurst replied: “The offer was common knowledge between parties and it was more about being fit.
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“In between another club showed interest. It won’t be long, I won’t imagine.”
Hurst has Luke Chambers, Matthew Pennington and Toto Nsiala at his disposal in the centre of defence, with the latter now available again after suspension. That leaves Hurst with a big decision to make for Saturday’s game with Bolton.
“Thankfully we’ve got three lads and a big decision to make, which adding another one would have made even more difficult,” he said.
“If they all stay fit then we haven’t got a problem.”