James Collins' West Ham future to be decided by new manager

Image: James Collins is currently out of contract at West Ham

West Ham's new manager will have the final say on whether to offer veteran defender James Collins a new deal, according to Sky sources.

The 34-year-old is currently out of contract and seemingly bid farewell to the Hammers fans following their final day 3-1 win over Everton last Sunday.

Sky Sports News understands Collins was informed by the West Ham board that it was unlikely he would be offered fresh terms to remain, but the final judgement would be made by the club's new manager.

The former Wales international was omitted from the club's retained list which was sent to the Premier League on Saturday.

Collins has made 214 appearances for West Ham over two spells that stretched over 10 years.

Manuel Pellegrini is currently the head coach of Hebei China Fortune
Image: Manuel Pellegrini is close to agreeing a deal to become the new West Ham manager

West Ham are close to agreeing a deal with Manuel Pellegrini to become their new manager following David Moyes' departure from the club at the end of the season.

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Talks were held with Pellegrini's representatives earlier this week and the former Manchester City boss will fly to London to hold further discussions with West Ham co-owner David Sullivan on Monday.

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