I can't see us paying the reported £3m though. He only has a year left on his contract so I suspect a figure of £1.5m is much more likely.
I would be delighted to see JC teamed up with JT in the heart of our defence. Tomkins would offer the brains and guile, the officer on deck, and Collins would be the buccaneer at the back, throwing himself in front of shots and meeting crosses with that rock hard forehead of his.
Mind you, some Villa fans don't fancy him because of his tendency to play the long ball so perhaps that will put Allardyce off!