Battle for Villa's Collins
Premier League clubs eye Welsh stopper
Last Updated: January 6, 2011 10:36am
Stoke and Blackburn are leading the race to land Aston Villa's James Collins, skysports.com understands.
The Welsh international is attracting attention, as Gerard Houllier could be ready to let him leave.
Houllier is looking to make alterations to his squad, and Collins could be one of those allowed to depart for pastures new.
Now a number of Premier League clubs are keeping tabs on the former West Ham stopper.
Collins moved to Villa Park in 2009 and has performed admirably for the Second City outfit.
Skysports.com now understands that Stoke and Blackburn are competing for his signature.
Tony Pulis is thought to be a long-term admirer of the 27-year-old, whilst Rovers have emerged as potential bidders.
Rovers could also have a trump card after it emerged Villa are keen on Chris Samba.
It was initially believed that Villa would offer Curtis Davies in exchange, but it seems Rovers may prefer to take Collins instead.