Report: Sunderland £3m away from potentially reuniting Allardyce with West Ham ace James Tomkins

Sunderland have reportedly offered £8m for West Ham defender James Tomkins - but he's been valued at £11m.

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

According to The Sun, West Ham want £11m for defender James Tomkins - and so far, Sunderland have only offered £8m for him.

Tomkins, 27, has come up through the ranks with West Ham having joined the club at the age of just seven, and in recent years he's proven himself as one of the more recent success stories from the famed West Ham academy.

Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini in action with West Ham's James Tomkins

With almost 250 appearances for West Ham, Tomkins has been a regular over the years, but last season was a difficult campaign for the player.

Tomkins was in and out of the West Ham team last term, and he has ultimately become the fourth choice centre back behind Winston Reid, Angelo Ogbonna and James Collins under Slaven Bilic, whilst he was even overlooked in favour of winger Michail Antonio at right back.

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

Now, Tomkins - a former England Under-21 international - could leave the Olympic Stadium this summer in search of regular first-team football, with Premier League clubs lining up to sign him.

The Sun claim that Sunderland, Crystal Palace and Stoke City have all offered £8m for Tomkins, but West Ham are holding out for their £11m asking price - and a move to Sunderland would be particularly interesting.

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

Tomkins was a regular under Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce during their time together at West Ham, and a reunion could be ideal for all parties.

Allardyce will want a long-term partner for Lamine Kone in defence, and Tomkins' Premier League experience could make him the ideal candidate for Sunderland this summer.

£8m is a fair offer, but Sunderland are now just £3m away from landing their man this summer - and Allardyce risks losing Tomkins to a Premier League rival if Sunderland don't pay up quickly.

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