Cardiff City to listen to offers for James Collins - Sources

By Wayne Veysey

11th May, 2022 | 7:00am

Sources: Cardiff City to listen to offers for James Collins

Cardiff City are open to offers for striker James Collins this summer, Football Insider understands.

The 31-year-old has struggled to hold down a regular place in the Bluebirds side following the appointment of Steve Morison as manager in November.

A Cardiff source has told Football Insider that the club are willing to listen to offers for Collins as they prepare to sign a new centre-forward in the upcoming window.

The Republic of Ireland international joined Cardiff on a free transfer from Luton Town last summer and has another year left on his contract.

Collins made 29 league appearances during the 2021/22 campaign – 13 of which came from the start.

The Coventry-born forward fell out of favour during the latter half of the season, however, managing just two outings since the start of February.

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The hitman netted three goals in all competitions during this term.

That is a marked drop-off from his return of 13 in 44 appearances for Luton in the 2020/21 campaign.

Collins slipped way down the pecking order at the Cardiff City Stadium following the arrival of loan signings Uche Ikpeazu and Jordan Hugill in January.

Morison is now understood to be chasing further striker signings in the main window.

The former Wales international guided the Bluebirds to an 18th-place finish in his first season in senior management.

Collins started his career at Aston Villa but failed to make a senior appearance for the club.

He moved on a free transfer to Shrewsbury Town in 2011.

He notched decent goal returns across two spells with The Shrews – as well as for Swindon, Hibernian, Northampton, and Crawley.

However, it was his spell with Luton Town which earned him his international debut in 2019.

Collins notched 72 goals in 183 games for the Hatters to help them climb to the Championship from League Two.

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