Villa defender on United’s transfer radar

TARGET ... Aston Villa's James Collins is a possible target for Newcastle in next month's transfer window.
TARGET ... Aston Villa's James Collins is a possible target for Newcastle in next month's transfer window.

ASTON Villa’s James Collins has emerged as a transfer-window target for Newcastle United.

Manager Alan Pardew is looking to sign a defender next month to strengthen his defensive options for the second half of the campaign,

And Pardew is understood to be considering a bid for Collins, who he worked with during his time at West Ham United.

Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill – who signed Collins for Villa – has also been linked with a move for the Wales international.

Collins has 18 months left on his Villa Park deal, and could cost as much as £5m.

Pardew has been given the green light to sign a defender after losing Steven Taylor for the rest of the season to an Achilles injury.