Downing an 'absolute bargain' for Collins

James Collins believes West Ham landed an "absolute bargain" after recruiting Stewart Downing for £5million from Liverpool.

Downing made his Hammers debut in yesterday's 2-0 Barclays Premier League victory over Cardiff City at Upton Park and brought pace and invention to the game during his 20-minute cameo.

Stewart looked very sharp - he's always the same. I played with him at Villa and believe that we have got an absolute bargain.

Hopefully we've got the Stewart Downing of a couple of years ago when he was tearing defences to pieces at Aston Villa. Obviously it didn't go well for him at Liverpool, but he did very well against Cardiff and hopefully we can get him firing.

The thought of him playing with Andy is great. They played together at Liverpool and they get on well off the pitch as well. They are both from the north east so have that certain understanding, which could be great for us.

– West Ham's James Collins