Aston Villa

Swansea To Spend £5M On Quality & McLeish Wants £70k pwk Flop

With Collins growing unsettled, could the Swans be set to dive in? Could forgotten man Joe Cole return to England with a move the other way? Maybe.

The Daily Mail claims that Swansea are preparing to celebrate another season amongst the big boys with the champagne signing of James Collins.  Collins, whose relationship with Alex McLeish remains fractured at best, is approaching the final year of his contract, and could be available for as little as £5 million.

The 28 year old moved from West Ham in 2009, and impressed during his first two seasons before becoming rather terrible. Along with fellow wannabe lad Richard Dunne, Collins was fined two weeks’ wages last year following a boozy row with staff after a team-bonding exercise. Since then both have remained at the centre of dressing room unrest, and could be available come the seasons end.

Brendan Rodgers’ side meanwhile has continued to impress all involved in the game. His defence can lay significant claim to that praise aswell, with Steven Caulker and Ashley Williams growing into two of the top young centre backs in the league.

However, with Caulker ready to be blooded back into the Spurs squad and Williams likely to attract attention, Collins could provide Rodgers with a safe bet. He began his career at Swansea’s Welsh rivals Cardiff City and made his international debut in 2004, and would link up with a host of Wales team mates should he make the move.

After the soul destroying news of Collins potential departure, Villa fans can console themselves with the suggestion their club are ready to offer Joe Cole the chance to revive his Premier League career.

Trustiest of sources the Daily Star report Alex McLeish, who almost certainly wont be in the job come the summer, is lining up a swoop for the midfielder when he returns to Liverpool from Lille.

With Cole unlikely to break into a midfield boasting the likes of Henderson, Spearing and Shelvey, Villa could provide a viable option should they not get sucked through the trap door this May.

Cole has got his career back on track during his year-long loan in France, leading to hilarious talk of a possible England recall. The 30-year-old joined Liverpool on a free from Chelsea in 2010, but lets just say he had a nightmare before being shipped out to Lille.

With two years left on his £70,000-a-week deal the former West Ham man won’t come cheap, but he’s been told he has no long-term future at Liverpool, who are likely to let him leave for free after bringing in some other joke for endless amounts of money.

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