Going into the January transfer window, Aston Villa knew they had to sort out their centre-back department.
With Axel Tuanzebe injured, Dean Smith was forced to play Alan Hutton and James Bree out of position in central defence.
He needed another centre-half to compete with James Chester and free agent James Collins was identified as his man.
In fact, Aston Villa even agreed a deal to sign Collins on a short-term contract.
According to The Mirror, Collins penned a deal with the Villans but admirably tore it up after suffering an injury.
This month, Aston Villa recalled Tommy Elphick and then signed Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Kortney Hause on a loan deal.
There is a clause in Hause’s contract allowing Aston Villa to turn his move into a permanent one.
But with Collins now set to join Ipswich Town, as per KUMB, will Smith regret missing out on the veteran?
The 35-year-old is a popular figure at both West Ham and Aston Villa, where he has split his time since 2005.
In three years at Villa Park between 2009 and 2012, the Wales international made over 100 appearances before returning to West Ham.
It speaks volumes that the Hammers fans did not want Collins to leave last summer.
Although he is ageing, Collins would have been a good short-term option for Aston Villa to rotate their defence.
Hause, on the other hand, has not played a lot of football in the past few years.
The 23-year-old is a risk for Aston Villa, but as a third or fourth choice, he could be a shrewd acquisition.