Newcastle have been forced into looking for defensive back up following the news that Fabricio Coloccini wants to leave the club and head home to Argentina.
This has forced Newcastle into looking for available centre backs and one player who has been mentioned in recent reports is James Tomkins of West Ham.
Tomkins seems to be a valued member of the West Ham squad, used in a rotation system with other defensive players which makes it difficult to see how or why he would leave the Hammers.
West Ham would also be stupid to let him go this January considering the current injuries they have to defensive players, which makes Tomkins one of the most important players they have.
Allardyce has suggested the problem is so bad that the club wouldn’t listen to any offer under the £15 million mark for the player tipped to play regularly in England’s defence over the next few years.
“It's impossible. I might have a problem keeping him if they bid £15million,” said Allardyce as in the Independent.
From Newcastle’s point of view, their fans may be scratching their heads a little bit over why the club would go after someone like Tomkins when they have been linked with seemingly better players from France’s Ligue 1.
From West Ham’s point of view, their fans will be happy that they have a bullish and no nonsense manager such as Allardyce who will stick up for the current side and make it difficult for other clubs to try and poach their best players.
One of the only things which could tempt Tomkins away from Upton Park could be the promise of a leadership role at Newcastle and the prospect of one day pulling on an England shirt frequently, which will only happen if he’s playing all the time.
However, with Yohan Cabaye and Steven Taylor not apparently leaving the club any time soon, it’s difficult to see how Tomkins could come in and take the armband off of either player.
For now it looks as though he’s happy at West Ham and the club are happy to have him, so don’t read too much into Newcastle’s interest.
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