There doesn’t seem to be much movement by Newcastle in the transfer market so far.
James Tomkins – still a Newcastle target
But we understand nothing much will happen until the meeting this week with Derek LLambias, manager Alan Pardew, Secretary Lee Charnley and Chief Scout Graham Carr takes place, to better identify their strategy during this January window.
The news is that both Derek Llambias and Lee Charnley have returned from their short Christmas breaks, and Newcastle are already being inundated by agents with central defenders, as they know Newcastle need to sign a top center-back this month.
It appears that West Ham’s James Tomkins is still a target, and that Newcastle may go back to West Ham with an improved offer, after being turned down with their initial bid of around £2.5M a couple of weeks ago.
And Newcastle will not look at doing any loan deals in January, and that’s hardly surprising after last year’s loan deal of Aston Villa’s Stephen Ireland, which turned out to be an absolute disaster.
Stephen was signed on January 31st when he was still injured, and after some weeks recovering he made two short sub appearances, and then was injured again in training, and sent back to Villa.
Stephen scored one of the goals that had Villa beating Chelsea 3-2 over the weekend, with two late Villa goals, but he’s only just forced his way into the side, under new manager Alex McLeish.
But after that excellent win by the Villa, they managed to lose at home to Swansea 2-0 yesterday, and they are now in 12th place with 23 points.
Why did Alex McLeish ever get that job?
James Tomkins has changed his agent, and the feeling within the club is that could help Newcastle, and the 22 year-old is also in the process of negotiating a new deal with West Ham, and we know manager Sam Allardyce doesn’t want to lose him.
West Ham are looking for a big offer before they will sell the 6’3″ England U21 International defender, but we just cannot see that coming from Mike Ashley.
We think maybe £5M is the biggest bid Newcastle would ever make for Tomkins, and that will not be big enough to tempt West Ham to sell.
What do you think?