James Collins in line for shock return to West Ham… months after being axed by email

The veteran defender, axed by EMAIL over the summer, has been back training with Manuel Pellegrini’s squad.

And the club’s owners are considering a one-year deal for the Welshman — three months after releasing him.

Collins, 35 today, is a free agent and available to sign outside the transfer window, meaning he can still be added to Pell’s Hammers squad.

There is a push behind the scenes for the centre-back to make a return and bolster a much-changed squad which has suffered two opening defeats.

Collins was dumped at the end of last season as the Hammers started their £100million overhaul of the squad.

He was deemed surplus to requirements when Pellegrini arrived in May.

And players were stunned at how the end of his 11-year association with the club was confirmed by email.

Pellegrini is without first-choice centre-half Winston Reid for the next two months with a knee injury.

But the experienced Collins could offer immediate competition to current pairing Angelo Ogbonna and Fabian Balbuena.

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