Report: Newcastle missed out on Spurs duo Vertonghen and Alderweireld, as well as West Ham's James Tomkins

Newcastle wanted to sign Tottenham and West Ham players in the past.

The Chronicle has reported on a selection of defenders that Newcastle United wanted to sign in the past, claiming Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, and West Ham’s James Tomkins were on their radar in the past.

The Magpies were keen on Vertonghen back in 2012, when he was set to leave Ajax. The Belgian defender felt his time in the Netherlands was up, and he made it clear that he was not going to extend his contract with the Eredivisie giants.

Newcastle wanted to be the club that brought him to the Premier League, but they failed to convince Vertonghen of a move to Tyneside, and he opted to sign for Tottenham Hotspur instead.

Since his arrival at White Hart Lane, Vertonghen has become a key player for the side performing so well under Mauricio Pochettino this season.

Vertonghen has been performing so well alongside Toby Alderweireld this season, a player who the Magpies also wanted.

He was a target for Alan Pardew in the summer of 2014, before the centre-back signed for Southampton on loan. He spent last term with the Saints, linking up with Spurs on a permanent deal at the start of this season.

James Tomkins, of West Ham, was the final player that Newcastle wanted, with Pardew also attempting to oversee his arrival.

Back in 2013, Pardew wanted to bring the Hammers star to St James’ Park, but the report claims they ended their interest when West Ham asked for a £6 million fee for the talented defender.

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