By Will Butcher

Daniel Gabbidon has named James Collins as his favourite West Ham centre-back partner after spending four years together at Upton Park.

Gabbidon, 37, played in claret and blue for six years between 2005 and 2011, making 112 appearances for the Hammers, after joining West Ham along with Collins from Cardiff.

Replying to a fan on his personal Twitter account, Gabbidon picked Collins after their time together at Cardiff and West Ham, claiming Collins “got me the move to West Ham”.

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Former Hammers boss Alan Pardew signed the duo, along with left-back Paul Konchesky for a combined £4.5million 12 years ago.

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Known for his aerial ability, Gabbidon starred at the back for the Hammers. The 49-time Wales international was part of the side that finished as runners-up to Liverpool in the 2006 FA Cup.

Collins watched on from the bench that day, before leaving Upton Park in 2009. Also a full-fledged Wales international, the commanding stopper rejoined the Hammers in 2012 and has remained there since.

Former Aston Villa defender Collins is likely to be on the Hammers’ bench to face Hull on Saturday, as Slaven Bilic’s side travel to Yorkshire looking to end a three-match run of defeats.

A win for the Hammers could see them climb to ninth in the Premier League, if Southampton, Stoke and Bournemouth drop points this weekend.

In other West Ham news, fans have reacted on Twitter to a report that states this manager could replace Bilic.

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