Newcastle have been linked with James Tomkins again this summer, but the reason for that is probably because he’s 6’4″ tall and has Premier League experience, and Alan Pardew has kept talking about bringing in a 6’4″ defender, and that he wants players with Premier League experience coming to Newcastle this summer.
James Tomkins – not available
Newcastle did try to get James signed 18 months ago, but Newcastle’s £4M bid was turned down, and West Ham kept the player they said they needed to gain promotion from the Championship – which they did – via the playoffs.
And in fact Sam Allardyce did a good job in his second season with the Hammers last season, finishing six places above Newcastle in 10th place, 5 points better off than the Magpies.
If Newcastle were thinking about signing James then he’s not available according to co-Chairman David Gold, who had this to say to Sports Direct news yesterday:
“He’s an absolutely top prospect and were he to be available it would not be easy to buy him as we have a very high valuation on him.” “This is no longer a selling club.” “We are moving forward into a big future and we will therefore be keeping our biggest players – James is one of them.”
Maybe Gold is just trying to drive up the price of his player, but it would appear James is not available.
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