Is This The 6’4″ Central Defender Pardew Is After?


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.

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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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209 comments so far

  • Newcastle Brown Alien

    Jun 2, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #1

    NO, PLEASE NO!!!!!

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 2, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #2

    Source: WHU Blogs

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 2, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #3

    Isimat-Mirin went for 4 million, is this pardew’s experience crap?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 2, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #4

    I would have liked him last summer when we desperately needed a CB but surely with a full summer ahead of us and two and a half years of looking for someone behind us surely we should be setting our sights on better quality than this.

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  • dubzy

    Jun 2, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #5

    Think Ed making these up as he goes along now

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jun 2, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #6

    It is not important to me that they are English and I don’t buy that EPL experience crap one minute (expecially when those players who are exciting are way out of our price range)

    …jusy my opinion anyway 🙂

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jun 2, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #7

    He’s not 6″4, he’s 6″3 i think. Don’t want him here. We can get better.

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  • G

    Jun 2, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #8

    Don’t rate him one bit. Belongs in the championship. Don’t rate Douglas either, whom I was under the impression that he was no longer a free agent.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 2, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #9

    As Indian pointed out @3 it looks as if Mirin is going to sign for Monaco. Was a very good prospect. Oh well yet another one scratched off the quality list.

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  • blew

    Jun 2, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #10

    I think the only player Pardew has had an input in signing is Oberton.
    I rest my case regarding Tomkins and APs judgement.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jun 2, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #11

    Better than Willo but makes some silly errors. Sign Toby Alderweireld for christ sake.

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  • WWYCD

    Jun 2, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #12

    Haha well I will be unpopular and said I’d take him for a William/Saylor level player but not as a Colo replacement

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 2, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #13

    Kets Sir,

    What do u think of Stamboulli and Lloris Nery

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  • Stephen Keegan

    Jun 2, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #14

    Caulker is probably out of the question now but last summer probably was worth a try, If collo stays we may just need a younger CB with the view to be a future first teamer, Jamall Lacelles of nottingham forest looks to be developing well and would come on the cheap, i see him as a future england starter and may already have some under19/21 caps. Wouldnt mind either of the southampton full backs in clyne and shaw both look set for great futures but unlikely as there prices must be over the odds by now!!

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jun 2, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #15

    Not sure about them.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Jun 2, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #16

    Kets

    I am a big admirer of stamboulli, Nery I think is just as good as Mirin. Same team Valenciennes

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jun 2, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #17

    I like the look of Sebastien Corchia but we don’t need a right back. Would like to see some ambition this summer with some high profile signings. We can’t afford to have another poor/average season. Got a feeling we might go for Moussa Sow.

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  • Toon-82

    Jun 2, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #18

    Can’t get in the West Ham team, it’s the sort of crap I expect from Pardew!!

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  • JackButler

    Jun 2, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #19
  • toon22

    Jun 2, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #20

    Given the chance AP would drop Vidic to play this guy.

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 2, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #21

    looks like we signing players ready for the championship if this is what we are after.
    come on nufc show some backbone and get some qaulity over the line

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  • Billythefish

    Jun 2, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #22

    No doubt about Ashley and co doing good deals, but for fks sake when have we been exited by one of his signings???? Ben Arfa is the only one I can recall. I’d love them to show some intent and get me excited for the new season. I guarantee people will be saying next window next window but nothing changes.
    Top 10 goal, pleased we haven’t got European football, what MSG is that to the fans and potential new players. Cheap manager cheap signings and good accounts, most are brainwashed when over the last 20 years has any fan worried about finances? Only the last 5 years seems to tie in with the Ashley propaganda.

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 2, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #23

    just a question guys-would you have demba ba back???

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  • Toonboy_84

    Jun 2, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #24

    Would take Ba back every day of the week and twice on a Sunday. Mourinho might not fancy him.

    I wouldn’t mind big Andy back but if I could pick anyone within our price range, Ba would be high up on that list.

    Would have to rotate him and papiss though.

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  • JackButler

    Jun 2, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #25

    Is this what’s it’s come to???

    Taking back players who ran off at the first sight of more money?

    As far as I’m concerned both Ba and Carrol can rot on their respective benches, both had their chance and both chose to leave

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  • q8igeordie

    Jun 2, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #26

    Billy the fish .. we were all excited about mapou, debuchy and sissoko …

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  • Barras

    Jun 2, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #27

    Sure Demba Ba left just for money.

    Playing alongside Juan Mata etc had nothing to do with it. Neither did playing for a team who qualifies for the Champions League every year. In fact, neither did playing for the 2011/12 champions of Europe.

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  • JackButler

    Jun 2, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #28

    Barras

    So you’d take him back would you?

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  • Barras

    Jun 2, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #29

    Yes! In a heartbeat. Demba Ba is the man.

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 2, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #30

    jack butler.
    i understand where ya coming from mate,i felt the same when he left.but im just looking at the best scenario for nufc if ba became available.
    if all the strikers being touted abt like gervinho,long,remy,cole,bent ect were of serious interest to us and ba was thrown in to that hat i know which i would choose

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  • JackButler

    Jun 2, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #31

    So you’d take back a man who left at the first opportunity!

    Personally I wouldn’t touch him with a barge pole now. And thats whats wrong with this club, we no longer have any ambition.

    We have a cheap skate owner, a clueless chairman, a second rate manager who is glad we don’t have European Football. We can’t keep hold of our best players and we kid ourselves from one transfer window to the next that it’ll all change

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  • jazzyp

    Jun 2, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #32

    jack butler.
    agree agree agree.
    we are all gonna have to wait and see which direction ma takes nufc at the end of this transfer window???

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  • IITianToon

    Jun 2, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #33

    This is not even funny man.. James freakin Tomkins are you kidding me?
    Oh God, Hodgson, Pardew and Allardyce, looks like some dinosaurs did survive the Jurassic period..

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  • JackButler

    Jun 2, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #34

    jazzyp

    He has until this window shut’s to show what he wants with us! But if retaining Pardew is an indication then don’t expect anything to change.

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  • IITianToon

    Jun 2, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #35

    Hey Jack you are right, we can get far better players than Ba and Carroll. I don’t understand people’s obsession with Carroll; if he comes back we become Stoke II, and what is even worrying is Alan Pardew seems to have a man crush on wanting him back. True Carroll can get us a few goals from set pieces, but what about the football? Dark ages man, dark agas.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 2, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #36

    If Percy is let loose to sign the likes of Tomkins/ Carlton Cole and other second raters/ older Championship standard players I think we should re-name SJP – Jurassic Park.

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  • Barras

    Jun 2, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #37

    “So you’d take back a man who left at the first opportunity!”.

    @JackButler everything that you just said about what is wrong with the running of Newcastle United explains why Demba Ba left. I believe he is the type of man and player that would have stayed if we showed even a little indication that we are aiming for the Champions League.

    But the truth is we are not, and instead we are aiming for “at least a top-10 finish in the Premier League”.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 2, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #38

    could be worse we could be linked with Crouch, Heskey, or even worse Albert Luque

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  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 2, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #39

    Bring back boumsong that’s what I say

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  • JackButler

    Jun 2, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #40

    Barras

    I may be old fashioned but I’ve always believed that once you’ve had your chance with us, thats it. If player thinks they can do better else where then fine, but don’t expect to be welcomed back with open arm’s when things don’t work out for them.

    And the chances of us pushing for Champions League place diminished even more when Ba left

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