As we half expected would happen, West Ham have quickly turned down Newcastle’s latest offer for their center-back, James Tomkins.
James Tomkins – West Ham turn down £4M offer from Magpies
The improved bid from Newcastle for the England U21 International was said to be around £4M, but we think it will take a bigger offer than that for West to allow their 22 year-old defender leave for pastures anew.
After all, West Ham want to be promoted back to the Premier League in May, and hardly want to lose their best players half way through the season.
And if they do they want to be well rewarded for it and also have the opportunity to replace them this month too.
The West Ham co-owner David Gold today said that the lad is just not for sale:
“We want to keep James Tomkins, we really do want to keep him. I think it is fair to say he is not for sale.”
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce also wants to keep the player and wants two new player into the squad also.
We think that as the price for Tomkins gets higher, Newcastle may switch their attention to Montpellier captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, who is a naturalized Frenchman and plays center-back but can also play anywhere along the back four.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – 22 year-old Montpellier center-back and captain
The French U21 International has played 171 times with four goals for the French side who are currently second top of the French League, just 3 points behind leaders PSG.
And because they are doing so well in the league this season, they may not be willing to sell one of the best players in January either.
We think the 22 year-old would be a good buy at around £5M, and there were some reports yesterday that Newcastle may renew their interest in the player.
The local press is reporting that Alan Pardew has around £8M in cash to spend in January, and his highest priority is to bring in a central defender to replace Steven Taylor, who is probably out for the rest of the season with his Achilles injury.