Newcastle lead chase for Villa defender
Published 22:55 17/12/11 By Steve Bates
The full version of this story appears in today's People.
Newcastle are heading for a Tyne and Wear tug-of-war for Aston Villa defender James Collins.
Toon boss Alan Pardew is lining up a £5million January swoop for 28-year-old Welsh star Collins – but Sunderland are ready to enter the race, with Martin O’Neill hoping to snap up the centre-half for a second time.
Yet Villa chief Alex McLeish is desperate to hang on to his Wales centre-half, although he will let another defender, Shane Lowry, leave.