West Ham United has completed the signing of James Collins from Aston Villa for an undisclosed fee. Collins had left Upton Park and Joined Aston Villa in 2009 and the London club has managed to re-sign the 28-year-old Wales defender from Villa Park. Collins has agreed a four-year contract, the London club has announced

Collins was happy to join the club which he left three years ago and he mentioned that he cannot wait to get back and prove himself to the fans. Collins addition gives more strength to West Ham's defiance which could help them to sustain in Premier League

"It's great to be back. Having been here before and coming back and seeing some of the same old faces is great," he said. "As soon as I knew the interest was there from West Ham I couldn't wait to get down and sign. I had a great affinity with the club and the fans when I was here the first time and I enjoyed my time here so much last time that it wasn't a hard decision to make, to be honest.

"I think 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've come back and I'm a much better player this time around so I can't wait to get cracking and show the fans that I am a better player and can put in the performances on the pitch.

"I've got so many good memories - getting into the FA Cup final in my first season and finishing so high [ninth] in the league and then the way we escaped relegation that year was one of my fondest memories in football. Hopefully I won't have too many more memories like that. I just cannot wait to get back and show the fans what a better player I am now."

West Ham are also planning to sign the Liverpool striker Andy Carroll for a fee of £19m. The Merseyside club had their decision not to loan out Carroll whom they paid £35m to Newcastle United after selling Spanish Striker Fernando Torres to Chelsea. Will Carroll still remain at Liverpool and prove his worth or will he join alongside Kevin Nolan who has been Carroll's close friend having played with him at Newcastle. Time alone will tell us regarding Carroll's future but West Ham are happy with the arrival of Collins.