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Di Canio confirms interest in striker Collins
JAMES Collins has been the subject of interest from other clubs but no formal approach has been made for the striker, Paolo Di Canio has confirmed.
The Advertiser understands that Wolves have been keeping tabs on the former Shrewsbury man, who arrived in Wiltshire for a fee decided by tribunal to be £140,000 plus add-ons in the summer, while West Brom are also believed to have sent scouts to watch the 22-year-old in action.
Di Canio did not disclose the identity of the interested party, but he did reveal that his agent and Town’s head of player recruitment, Phil Spencer, has had contact with suitors of Collins.
“Even if I didn’t receive any official offer it does not mean that there is not interest, probably,” he said. “Even one month ago we had a sort of contact, someone phoned Phil Spencer to ask if Collins was available and the way they were talking the money was already good money to compare with what we spent for him.
“That was only just a phone call, talking just to see the availability. It means there is and there will be interest in our players. For this I am happy, I am not worried.”
Di Canio stressed that he is delighted that other teams are coveting his players, saying “I’m not worried because it means we’ve got value in here, it means we’ve got talented players and that makes me happy. We have brought in players that for sure in the future will have five, six or seven times the value than the money we spent on them.”