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Collins moves back to West Ham

1 August 2012 16:15

English Premier League newcomers West Ham have completed the signing of defender James Collins from Aston Villa.

The 28-year-old – who was a West Ham player from 2005 to 2009 – has returned to Upton Park for a fee reported to be in the region of 2.5 million pounds.

Collins was a first-team regular at Villa, making 108 appearances in all competitions in his three seasons at the club.

But the opportunity to go back to West Ham was too tough to resist for the Wales international.

"It's great to be back," Collins told West Ham's official website.

"Obviously having been here before and coming back and seeing some of the same old faces is great.

"As soon as I knew the interest was there from West Ham I couldn't wait to get down and sign. 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, to be honest.

"I think everyone knew that I didn't really want to leave when I did (in 2009) because I was enjoying my time here so much. I just cannot wait to get back and show the fans what a better player I am now."

Collins joins Spanish defender Ramis, Senegalese midfielder Mohamed Diame and Mali attacker Modibo Maiga as notable signings at West Ham since they were promoted to the Premier League after winning the 2011-12 Championship play-off final.

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