Newcastle Still Interested In England Defender

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.

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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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13 comments so far

  • ronaldo aarons

    Dec 30, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #1

    No thanks.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 30, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #2

    Hopefully not now. slight upgrade on saylor maybe.


    ok I’ll give you hba who was never the same after that game in russia, but point being it’s not as if pardew has never had any money like so many keep saying he hasn’t. We currently have over 30M worth of players, some of whom are not even making the bench.

    All this better the devil you know is rubbish as we are missing next to nothing with pardew going, other than the most soporific mind bendingly awful football ever seen at sjp.

  • Novocastrian66

    Dec 30, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #3

    Pardew’s record at our club is appalling. He knows it although he would never admit it. He has had good players at his disposal throughout his reign and we were subjected to poor performances time and time again. There was the odd bright spot but we were generally poor. Palace will be relegated. If he took over last season instead of Pullis they would have probably been relegated last season.
    In our last 26 games last season we had 9 wins and 2 draws. 29 points.
    In Pullis’s 26 games at Palace they had 11 wins And 5 draws. 38 points.
    As a direct comparison Palace would have been 9 points worse off. Not very scientific but nobody can deny Pullis done a better job in the last 26 games than Pardew with an arguably poorer player roster.
    Good luck Palace.

  • Markaccus

    Dec 30, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #4


    Without a doubt Pardew picks his faves no matter how he has to shoe-horn them into his system, and some good players miss out because of this. Regardless of the fact i still do not blame him for everything, it is clearly time (has been for a while) to try something new.
    And not He-sam, or any other of the Masters of the Hoofiverse.

  • Markaccus

    Dec 30, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #5

    West ham defend set pieces well. This guy would actually be an upgrade on taylor or willo imo. Still, surely there are better players out there, though?

  • jimmysmith

    Dec 30, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #6

    I suppose this is a real opportunity for the club to take a progressive step and appoint an energetic, innovative, quality young manager. If not immediately, but in the off season. Ashley may surprise us and do that while also increasing the transfer budget to some degree. If he doesn’t, I can’t see any reason at all to be optimistic about the club. This is at least going to give us a clearer indication of what the owner is really about.

  • Novocastrian66

    Dec 30, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #7

    Newcastle’s 2014 calendar year performance.

  • Catchy's Pet Lip

    Dec 30, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #8

    Howay Pardew, hoy yourself over the infamous line.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Dec 30, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #9

    Another for the Steve Bruce fan club. A load of bull, just because he’s a Geordie he should get it and he’ll be good doesn’t wash with me.
    And he mentions he doesn’t want a foreign manager with no experience of English football, yet he wants a manager with lots of English football experience who has proven many times to be average at best.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Dec 30, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #10

    Does this mean a return to the fold for Hatem Ben Arfa!??

  • Belfast

    Dec 30, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #11

    Every single transfer window ferk off

  • AncientC

    Dec 30, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #12

    I see our goal difference (from nova’s link) in 2014 is -27, the worst in the Premier League.

    Really does put a shine on Pardew moving on.

    I had nothing personally against him, in fact I quite liked him as a person, but as manager of our club, no.

  • AncientC

    Dec 30, 2014 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #13

    What harm could it do to invite Ben Arfa back to the club and give him the chance to train his way back into the team.

    At worst he does not cut it and moves on…

    I don’t buy any of the malarkey about him upsetting the squad, he was axed from the squad when we went on that horrible run in the 2nd half of last season.


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