Newcastle have been interested in West Ham’s 24 year-old central defender come defensive midfielder James Tomkins for almost two years now, and since Alan Pardew keeps talking about wanting a big 6’4″ defender at the club, maybe Newcastle will go after the 10 times capped England U21 player this summer.
James Tomkins – are Newcastle still interested?
We thought that 25 year-old FC Twente’s central defender Douglas, would be a decent buy this summer, since he’s now a free agent after seeing out the last year of his contract at the Dutch club, but last season wasn’t the best one for the 6’4″ Brazilian.
Douglas seems prone to making too many errors at the back, and Newcastle have had enough defenders like that over the last several years – why do Jean-Alain Boumsong and David Rozehnal immediately come to mind?
It seems that Alan Pardew has rated James Tomkins for some time now, and with West Ham bringing back James Collins last summer from Aston Villa, it could be that big Sam Allardyce is more likely to let his Great Britain capped player leave this summer.
James also has Premier League experience at West Ham, which is another thing Pardew is looking for in the players he recruits this summer, and James has played around 105 games in the Premier League, and in total has 151 appearances for the Hammers with 7 goals.
When we’ve watched James play he’s looked very good in central midfield, as the holding midfielder, and he’s also a good passer of the ball, so that another thing he offers is some versatility.
There’s supposed to be a meeting this coming week at Newcastle to discuss summer transfer targets, and hopefully we will see some movement by Newcastle in the transfer market soon – very soon – in fact the sooner the better. 😀
But the reality is that it could be difficult for Newcastle to attract top players to Tyneside this summer, after we were fighting relegation last season.
We’ll just have to wait and see what Graham Carr and his scouting team come up with this summer – but we wouldn’t mind seeing James Tomkins at Newcastle.
And after all he is English, and we have precious few Englishmen in the Newcastle line-up at the moment.
What do you think?
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