West Ham United defender James Tomkins delighted to be partnered with James Collins again

The pair enjoyed a successful reunion at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

West Ham defender James Tomkins has lauded team-mate James Collins after his return to the starting line-up in Saturday’s win over Crystal Palace.

The Welshman has struggled for game time this season, with Winston Reid and Angelo Ogbonna preferred when available, but he proved his quality when called upon at Selhurst Park.

The 32-year old was commanding alongside Tomkins and the Hammers' academy product relished lining up next to his old friend, the ‘Ginger Pele’.

“We have played together for a long period,” said Tomkins, in an interview with whufc.com.

“Ginge speaks a lot at the back and aerially he has shown again what he can do, winning a lot of the headers.

“It is nice to play alongside him and he is great for me. He is obviously a very experienced player and has played a lot of games.”

Both players have fallen down the pecking order following Slaven Bilic’s arrival at the Boleyn and a potential reunion with former boss Sam Allardyce – now manager of Sunderland – has been mooted, by the likes of the Sunderland Echo.

West Ham will be in no mood to sell however, given their struggles with a lack of depth in past seasons.

The Hammers squad is in as good a shape as it has been in many years and selling off trusted, reliable members of it would be a backwards step for a club all set to push forward.

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