Preston North End and Derby County Keen on James Collins Transfer

James Collins Transfer

Derby County and Preston North End are looking at a potential James Collins transfer, according to Mike McGrath at The Telegraph.

The Luton Town forward is out of contract in the summer.

James Collins Transfer With Preston and Derby Interest

Out of Contract At End of the Season

The Lilywhites are currently without a manager, with Frankie McAvoy in temporary charge of the club for now. However, it hasn’t stopped reports emerging that the Championship side plan to move for Collins at the end of the season.

They face competition from Derby County for his signature though, with the forward able to leave for nothing in the summer.

Experienced in the Football League

The Hatters haven’t offered the 30-year-old a new deal yet and if he doesn’t agree to fresh terms, he will become a free agent come the end of the season.

With 26 starts and eight goal contributions this campaign so far, he certainly isn’t a bad punt for either team on a free transfer.

However, Collins might fancy his chances abroad and the offer is there for that too. According to these same reports, the striker is wanted by teams in the US too – which could be a more attractive and different proposition to staying in England and the second tier.

Collins has floated around the Football League for some time, having spent most of his career in all three leagues. Having started his career as an 18-year-old in League Two for Darlington, he followed a stint in Scotland with Hibernian with a move to play football for Shrewsbury and then his current side Luton.

In fact, he has helped see the Hatters up through the divisions. Joining when they were in the fourth tier, he bagged 19 goals as they sealed automatic promotion. He then followed that up with 25 as they won another title to take them into the Championship.

Now, he could be set for a new challenge and a prolonged stay in the second tier whether with Derby or with Preston North End.

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