Villa ace makes Hammers move
James Collins has completed his move to West Ham from Aston Villa and said he is 'a better player' than his first spell at Upton Park.
The 28-year-old Wales international central defender has agreed a four-year contract, three seasons after leaving Upton Park for the Midlands.
Villa boss Paul Lambert's swoop to sign 27-year-old Dutch international Ron Vlaar from Feyenoord for £3million paved the way clear for Collins to leave the club in this transfer window.
And Collins is now looking to get into Hammers boss Sam Allardyce's first-team plans ahead of the likes of fellow central defenders James Tomkins and Winston Reid.
"It's great to be back. Having been here before and coming back and seeing some of the same old faces is great," he told West Ham TV.
"As soon as I knew the interest was there from West Ham I couldn't wait to sign. I had a great affinity with the club and the fans when I was here the first time.
"Everyone knew that I didn't really want to leave when I did in 2009 because I was enjoying my time here so much. I can't wait to get cracking and show the fans that I am a better player now and can put in the performances on the pitch."