The East Anglian Daily Times reports that ex-West Ham United defender James Collins is training with Sky Bet Championship side Ipswich Town. Tractor Boys boss Paul Hurst recently confirmed that he has held talks with the former Welsh international, and it looks as though a deal has moved a step closer to reality.

Hurst has spoken of his desire to add a fourth centre back to his ranks at Portman Road. Luke Chambers and recent signing Matthew Pennington took to the field in the weekend East Anglian Derby, which ended 1-1. Toto Nsiala was suspended for that encounter, and Hurst feels as though his Ipswich side need an extra body in this area of the pitch. Collins would fill that void.

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Youngster Luke Woolfenden featured regularly in pre-season, but has since been loaned out to Sky Bet League Two team Swindon Town in order to gain more regular football. Collins is very much at the other end of his career, but still has the desire to perform for another season or two.

The player is now training with the winless Championship side and discussions over a potential deal remain ongoing between the respective parties. Gareth McAuley was someone the club were keen on possibly adding, but he has since linked up with Steven Gerrard at Rangers.

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Following the weekend draw with local rivals Norwich, Hurst had this to say on their pursuit of Collins,

“We spoke to him last week and are due to have another conversation. I wouldn’t particularly rule it out. It’s certainly not a case of him just coming in to sign paperwork, but it’s something we will look at.”

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