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Defender sacked by email in line for West Ham return

Defender James Collins, who was unceremoniously dismissed by West Ham by email at the end of June, could be set for a shock return to the club after reports emerged that he was back training with the squad.

The 35-year old former Welsh international was in his second spell at the club at the end of last season, but West Ham chose the classless way of sending an email message to him saying his contract would not be renewed, rather than telling him face to face.

At the time Collins described himself as heartbroken by the situation, but now it appears that player and club have been reconciled, with news that the club owners are considering offering him a one-year deal.

As The Sun reports, because Collins is a free agent, West Ham are free to sign him, even though the transfer window has closed, meaning that he could be set for a third spell at the club he first joined in 2005 from Cardiff City.

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