It’s probably not new news, but it’s being reported that Newcastle will need to raise their bid for James Tomkins, if West Ham are to sell.
James Tomkins of West Ham
That came from West Ham manager Sam Allardyce, but he seemed to be saying the same thing early last week, as Newcastle had a £2.5M bid turned down for the West Ham 22 year-old center-back.
James is a very good player, who has played 10 times for the England U21 side and 87 times for the West Ham first team.
Newcastle need to sign a new center-back in January, and when they do, that should give us four top class center-backs, and a couple of days ago Newcastle were said to have Ajax’s Jan Vertonghen as their first choice, with James Tomkins second in line.
However, it was only yesterday that Newcastle were linked with Middlebrough’s 23 year-old Australian defender Rhys Williams, who is said to be worth about £3M.
Vertonghen would likely be the most expensive choice for Newcastle, and could be as high as a £10M fee, so it’s a bit of a surprise if he is indeed the number one choice of the Magpies.
But Chief Scout Graham Carr is said to be pushing for the 35 capped Belgium International, and of course Graham has a great track record at Newcastle, and people listen to the 67 year-old at the Tyneside club.
Newcastle were also linked with Manchester City’s Nedum Onuoha, and he would be a good acquisition too for Newcastle, so the club do not seem short of options, but they will want to get the very best deal possible.
We wouldn’t mind it if Rhys Williams joins Newcastle, since he seems to be a very solid player, and he can certainly improve on Tyneside, and he can also play in a number of different positions.
Newcastle could raise their bid for James Tomkins, but we don’t think they would go anywhere above £5M, and if that’s not the mega-bid big Sam wanted, then maybe Kenny Dalglish of Liverpool could be interested. 😀
We’d be okay with any of the players we are linked with currently – Vertonghen, Tomkins, Onouoha or Williams – join Newcastle, and the question becomes where can the club get the best deal?
It wouldn’t surprise us if Newcastle end up going for Rys Williams of Middlesbrough at £3M, since his contract runs out in 18 months, and £3M would seem to be a decent price for the 9 times capped Australian International.
What do you think?