By David Woods

26th May, 2018 | 8:45am

Gerrard plots Rangers swoop for PL enforcer, available for free this summer - report

Steven Gerrard is plotting a swoop for Premier league free agent James Collins, according to a report.

The Scottish Sun claims that Gerrard has set his sights on the 34-year-old after missing out on top defender target Martin Skrtel.

Collins has been released by West Ham and is on the search for a new club.

The report claims that he could be tempted by a move north to hook up with Steven Gerrard.

The Wales international, who starred for Wales in Euro 2016, was reportedly on £35k-a-week at West Ham.

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A year older than Skrtel but still a solid centre-back, Collins is definitely the next most obvious option for Rangers to go for after the deal for the former Liverpool enforcer broke down over finances. Collins was desperate to stay with West Ham, where he has made 217 appearances over two stints at the club, but his time there has come to an end this summer. The 34-year-old has 50 caps for Wales, and has played 279 games in the Premier League, which makes him vastly experienced. Injuries limited him to just 13 appearances in the league this last campaign, but Collins was still a force when he played and could definitely do a job in the Premiership. Experience at the back and a no-nonsense approach to defending is just what Gerrard needs and Collins would fit that bill. With no fee and a two-year deal, Collins would be a great buy if he’s willing to halve his wages for one last shot at glory with Rangers and Gerrard. It’s got to be tempting for the big man whose Premier League days are surely behind him. 

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