The January transfer window must be rolling around, because there is news today that Newcastle are interested in West Ham United defender James Tomkins, and we’ve been linked with this English defender since January of 2012.
James Tomkins – Newcastle still interested
It was thought that Alan Pardew was a big fan of the 25 year-old Basildon-born player, but we are finding out that Newcastle are being run like a club on the continent, and players are brought into the club – not specifically on the manager’s input or recommendation.
Newcastle will today be without a manager as Alan Pardew is expected to join Crystal Palace, but since he didn’t have a huge input into transfers, then presumably any transfer dealings we were going to do will not be affected by Newcastle not having a manager – unlike other clubs.
And if you believe the Mail then Mike Ashley decided some weeks ago that the Newcastle squad was strong enough and no new players were needed next month.
But that meeting was held when we had just won six games on the trot, and since then we have lost four games on the trot, so perhaps Mike, who is currently on vacation in Barbados, may have changed his mind.
The Times are reporting of Newcastle’s interest in Tomkins, who has had a good season so far for the Hammers, but why would West Ham want to sell Tomkins – who had made 196 appearances for them with 8 goals.
James has also played for all the England Youth sides from U16 through U21 – and twice for the Great Britain Olympic side, and he can also play in defensive midfield.
The 25-year-old has formed a good central defensive partnership alongside New Zealander Winston Reid in the team this season.
Tomkins has 18 months left on his contract at Upton Park.
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