West Ham nmanager Wes Ham United have apparently turned down an offer from Newcastle for their young England U21 center-back James Tomkins.
JamesTomkins – represented England at U21 level
We’ve followed this lad for a while and watched him play at Reading last Saturday when West Ham came a cropper and lost 3-0.
James looks a classy player and we didn’t know that Newcastle were interested in him, until this news appeared in the Daily Mirror.
Tomkins is just the sort of young player, with loads of potential Newcastle should be going after, and the news is that Newcastle have bid £2.5M for the player, but West Ham have turned it down.
Tomkins was born in Basildon, Essex and joined West Ham back in 1997 when he was a 7 year-old, and he made his debut in March, 2008 in a 1–1 draw at Everton, a week before he turned 19.
The 22 year-old has played 93 times for the Hammers with 3 goals, and he’s played for the England Youth sides at at U15, U16, U17, U19 and is currently a member of the U21 side, and has appeared 10 times for the England U21 side.
As usually happens, Newcastle know that James has not yet signed a new deal at the London club, and while he is currently in talks for a new contract at West Ham, he is keen to play back in the Premier League as soon as possible.
West Ham Manager Sam Allardyce turned down the Newcastle offer last weekend, and had this to say about Tomkins:
“We’ve been negotiating with him and will continue that in January. I am optimistic.”
“We can ill-afford to lose any players at this stage of the season.”
West Ham are likely to get straight back into the Premier League, but there have also been signs this season that Newcastle are busy building a new talented side on Tyneside, and James could be tempted to want to join the Magpies.
We hope so.
It now remains to be seen if Newcastle go back in for Tomkins with a new offer in January.