By Derek Smithson

West Ham defender James Collins is expected to remain with the club next season, according to a report.

Hammers news site Claret and Hugh claim that the 33-year-old still has a role to play at the London Stadium under Slaven Bilic.

It was understood that the Londoners could listen to offers for the Wales international in the summer, but are set to keep him and let him complete the final year of his contract.

The report details that West Ham would need to receive a good offer to consider selling him, but the fan favourite is set to be in the squad next year.

Collins has become a popular player with supporters during his two spells with the club and is recognised as a no-nonsense defender.

The centre-back made 24 appearances across all competitions last season and enjoyed a great run of form at the back-end of the year.

He completed 90 minutes in the final nine Premier League matches and thrived in a back three.

West Ham have already let one defender go this summer as youngster Reece Oxford has joined German club Borussia Monchengladbach on a season-long loan.

Football Insider verdict:

West Ham look set to keep Collins for his final year and the loyal servant deserves that option. The 33-year-old can still play a big role in the Hammers side and proved that last year. Bilic’s introduction of the three-man defence also means they will need cover in that position and turning to an experienced head like Collins is very useful. West Ham already have Winston Reid, Angelo Ogbonna, Jose Fonte, Declan Rice and Cheik Kouyate as players that can compete alongside Collins for a starting line-up position next season. The Welshman should be able to help highly-rated youngster Rice get used to the first team and be a calming figure in the dressing room.

In other West Ham transfer news, they could seal a midfielder deal in the next fortnight as talks begin.

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