Report: West Ham demand £12m for James Tomkins as Allardyce pursues Sunderland reunion

Sunderland are reportedly keen on West Ham defender James Tomkins.

Liverpool's Emre Can in action with West Ham's James TomkinsLiverpool's Emre Can in action with West Ham's James Tomkins

According to the Daily Mail, West Ham United have placed a £12m asking price on defender James Tomkins, with Sunderland keen on him.

Tomkins, 27, joined West Ham way back in 1997 at the age of just seven, and has become one of the most recent success stories of the famed Hammers academy.

West Ham's James Tomkins applauds their fans at full time

The defender, capable of playing at right back or centre back, has made almost 250 appearances for West Ham since making his debut for the club back in 2008.

However, Tomkins has become little more than a backup in East London, as Winston Reid, James Collins and Angelo Ogbonna are ahead of him in the pecking order at centre back, whilst he was overlooked at right back in favour of Michail Antonio towards the end of last season.

West Ham's James Tomkins celebrates scoring their first goal with Elliot Lee

Now, Tomkins could leave the club this summer, and the Daily Mail believe that Sunderland are keen to land the defender, with Sam Allardyce looking for a reunion with the defender he worked with at West Ham.

However, the report adds that West Ham's asking price is prohibitive for the Black Cats right now, as they want £12m - a deal Sunderland may not be willing to meet.

West Ham's James Tomkins looks dejected after Marouane Fellaini scores the second goal for Manchester United

The chance to play first-team football under Allardyce again could be appealing for Tomkins, but such a huge fee could deter Sunderland from making a move for the former England Under-21 international.

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