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Aston Villa take James Collins on trial and set to sign him on free after missing out on John Terry

ASTON VILLA have taken James Collins on trial after the defender snubbed a move to Ipswich.

The 35-year-old is available on a free after leaving West Ham in the summer with Villa boss Steve Bruce still looking to add an experienced defender to his ranks after missing out on John Terry.

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James Collins is close to rejoining Aston Villa

Collins was training with Ipswich, but his work was restricted due to a muscle injury, but he and his representatives have held talks with Bruce about a short-term deal.

The Wales international was close to joining Championship rivals Ipswich, but manager Paul Hurst has confirmed the defender will not be moving to East Anglia.

Hurst said: “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.

“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.”

After his first spell with the Hammers, Collins moved to Villa Park for three years in 2009.

And the Welshman returned to East London in 2012 and made 134 appearances before his exit in July.

After beating Rotherham on Tuesday, Villa are at home again to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

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