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Newcastle Bid £2.5M For Top Young Hammers Center-Back

West Ham nmanager Wes Ham United have apparently turned down an offer from Newcastle for their young England U21 center-back James Tomkins.

JamesTomkins – represented England at U21 level

We’ve followed this lad for a while and watched him play at Reading last Saturday when West Ham came a cropper and lost 3-0.

James looks a classy player and we didn’t know that Newcastle were interested in him, until this news appeared in the Daily Mirror.

Tomkins is just the sort of young player, with loads of potential Newcastle should be going after, and the news is that Newcastle have bid £2.5M for the player,  but West Ham have turned it down.

Tomkins was born in Basildon, Essex and joined West Ham back in 1997 when he was a 7  year-old, and he made his debut in March, 2008 in a 1–1 draw at Everton, a week before he turned 19.

The 22 year-old has played 93 times for the Hammers with 3 goals,  and he’s played for the England Youth sides at at U15, U16, U17, U19 and is currently a member of the U21 side, and has appeared 10 times for the England U21 side.

As usually happens, Newcastle know that James has not yet signed a new deal at the London club, and while he is currently in talks for a new contract at West Ham, he is keen to play back in the Premier League as soon as possible.

West Ham Manager Sam Allardyce turned down the Newcastle offer last weekend, and had this to say about Tomkins:

“We’ve been negotiating with him and will continue that in January. I am optimistic.”

“We can ill-afford to lose any players at this stage of the season.”

West Ham are likely to get straight back into the Premier League, but there have also been signs this season that Newcastle are busy building a new talented side on Tyneside, and James could be tempted to want to join the Magpies.

We hope so.

It now remains to be seen if Newcastle go back in for Tomkins with a new offer in January.

Comments welcome.

40 comments so far

  • GAZ09

    Dec 14, 2011 at 1:37 AM

    Comment #1

    Very good player, would like to see him signed up!

  • Dyer8

    Dec 14, 2011 at 2:56 AM

    Comment #2

    Ryan Bennett (Peterborough)
    Craig Cathcart (Blackpool)
    James Tomkins (West Ham)
    Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa)

  • nufc_BA

    Dec 14, 2011 at 5:09 AM

    Comment #3

    Highlights of NUFC’s 10/11 season


    Dec 14, 2011 at 5:38 AM

    Comment #4

    Never heard of this lad but then living overseas i would,nt would I ?

    For the lark: Hows about making a list of players we are linked with by the press in the next few weeks!

    And number one is: James Tompkins – West Ham United!


    Dec 14, 2011 at 5:42 AM

    Comment #5

    Number two: Antony Knockaert- Guigamp


    Dec 14, 2011 at 5:43 AM

    Comment #6

    Number three: Seb Bassong- Totenham

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 14, 2011 at 6:09 AM

    Comment #7

    Number four: Taye Taiwo

  • Klatoon

    Dec 14, 2011 at 6:42 AM

    Comment #8

    Could we finish the season with;
    santon willo colo taiwo
    ober cab tiote jonas
    ba maiga

  • seantoon

    Dec 14, 2011 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #9

    Number 5, Andy griffin

  • dmac

    Dec 14, 2011 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #10

    Number 6. Marcelinho
    Number 7. Alain Goma
    Number 8. Celestine Babyaro

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 14, 2011 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #11

    I thought Tomkins was one of the reasons West ham went down. He was awful when we beat them 5-0 and seems very error prone, a la bramble. Would much rather we got M’Biwa.

  • seantoon

    Dec 14, 2011 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #12

    Same here rotanda, just looking for a cheaper alternative as per usually! Get mbiwa and taiwo in they are both class acts

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 14, 2011 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #13

    not a fan of Tomkins as every time I’ve seen him play, they’ve leaked goals. However a swap for perch and Smith woud be great.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 14, 2011 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #14


    A back line of Santon , Colo , ? , Taiwo would be amazing

  • seantoon

    Dec 14, 2011 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #15

    Santon Mbiwa Colo Taiwo

    Watched MBiwa on YouTube in the game against Lille. He looks quality.

  • munch27

    Dec 14, 2011 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #16

    Apparently Arsenal want Taiwo , obviously “In Carr we trust” isn’t only just our motto . I read from one of you the other day that other scouts must just follow Greame Carr around funny how things said in jest turn out true.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 14, 2011 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #17


    yes Mbiwa sorry ! that would be a fantastic back line

  • seantoon

    Dec 14, 2011 at 8:49 AM

    Comment #18

    Yes I honestly think scouts do follow Carr round. Tomorrow it will be in the papers that Liverpool have bid £3,000,000 for Tomkins

  • Benton Toon Exile

    Dec 14, 2011 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #19

    QPR mate of mine said they have spoken to Simpson about a move……But the club could be forcing his hand with a low contract offer!
    Now he has had a run in the team, why not give Ryan Taylor a run at right back, after all this is his position.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 14, 2011 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #20


    Raylor is not a great defender on either side. Tavernier or santon would be far better as both have pace which raylor doesn’t.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 14, 2011 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #21

    Why not leave Simpson in right back where he’s done fine this season buy a quality new left and right back for when Simmo leaves and keep Raylor as the squad utility player that he is

  • hotdog

    Dec 14, 2011 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #22

    I was not impressed with this lad when i saw him in West Ham’s relegation side. Having said that he was thrown in as a young lad, which probably didnt help him and AP may see potential in him. If he’s out of contract Cashley will want him.

  • Lynxie

    Dec 14, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #23

    JailForAshley @ 21:
    keeping Simmo in the right back spot would be like driving onto a motorway with an already empty petrol tank, its only gonna end in miserably grinding to a halt. Danny Simpson has been unfairly offered a pittance, hence forcing him out of the door (A la Barton, Enrique, Nolan). Now we have managed without the former three, and will do again, we don’t know what the plans are, but it may pleasantly surprise us. However, we must not forget the effect this would have had on Simmo’s morale and motivation to give 110% (as he has been doing). Very shoddy negotiating form by Fatty and his oiks. Therefore if he is going, get a replacement in FIRST. If he then stays, we have competition for the spot (always a good thing). We should be constantly improving our swuad anyway, and never standing still, hence a move for Taiwo, or giving Tavernier his chance, makes sense.

  • Lynxie

    Dec 14, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #24

    Obviously that should have read Squad, as we already have a great swuad LOL

  • Lynxie

    Dec 14, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #25

    Dear Uncle Mike. I know you like a bargain and a gamble so heres one for you.
    Fernando Torres for 20 million. (Ok ok dont panic, I know its a lot of money, and you are skint (joke), and dont want to spend that much this christmas), he rediscovers his form in the second half of the season, as he will be playing every week (This is the key, and Chelski just don’t get it), and in the meantime he drives us into a European spot (where we all want to be, including you), WIN WIN WIN. Then becasue he is a world class striker again, someone (Man City for example) comes in with a ridiculous offer (This is where your beloved profit comes in), and you get your money back.
    So you like a gamble do you, Mike? Lets see then.

  • Benton Toon Exile

    Dec 14, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #26

    Guys, Personally I am not a fan of Ryan Taylor or Simpson, just they keep playing Taylor out of position so he must be be good at something in their expert eyes.

    My team would have Obertan at right back with HBA in front of him and Jonas at left back with Marveux or Lovenkrands in front all attacking with pace, with Cabaye and Tiote in the middle, however I did get relegated playing football manager LOL!

  • seantoon

    Dec 14, 2011 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #27

    To be fair AP knows alot about West Ham and he will have watched him alot! Keep the faith

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 14, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #28


    I had the very same thought. yes 2M a lot of money but if you had been told we could sell carroll for 36 and get torres for 20m, a lot of people would have snapped your hand off.

    Trouble is he’d be on stupid wages, which admittedly ashley doesn’t seem to mind paying for our better players, just not our average players. Secondly he wouldn’t want to come here and I’m not sure he will ever be the same player again as he was a couple of years back.


    Exciting team that, I like the sound of it !!

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 14, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #29

    20M even !!!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 14, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #30

    Totally get your point and a couple of full backs should be brought in Asap,but I’m not sure many players just stop giving there all especially when the morale of the whole team is quite high,he wants to put himself in the window and he doesn’t want to face his team mates if he’s not give his all,all I’m saying is that Raylor has done his best but is not s defender and I think Simmo will do a better job until.replaced.

  • jayphoto

    Dec 14, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #31

    Photographing on merseyside today! Rumours up here are rife that Liverpool will listen to offers of 15m for Andy Carroll to fund moves for other targets! haha 25% of that 15m would go to newcastle, wonder if we could get him back for 12m?

  • Lynxie

    Dec 14, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #32

    jayphoto @ 31:

    Wouldnt want him back, and I am sure I am not alone. Judas took the thirty pieces of siver, and has found that he isnt the last pepsi in the desert after all. An average untried Centre Forward , who thinks he is the dogs baws. Demba Ba has scored more premier league goals that Judas. FACT. Let some other muppets take damaged goods off the scousers hands, and we will get a cut of the deal, to fund buying a decent full back, centre half, winger. Simples…………

  • Aahan

    Dec 14, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #33

    Finally someone heard my prayer. Have been posting this players name all over the web just in hope that Newcastle get attracted to this innately talented lad.
    Finally my call is answered.
    Tomkins is one hell of a player. He’s got every ability a CB needs.

  • cupiddstunt

    Dec 14, 2011 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #34

    Jayphoto @ # 31

    The funny thing is he is not yet worth 15mil and was never worth 15mil so anybody forking out that much is still overpaying, Carroll got to where he was as the team were teeing him up. Barton and co were sitting things up for him and he was benefiting from that.

    Well done MA for screwing 35mil up front from the scousers, plus a sell on clause wow nothing but respect for the owner from me on that one.

    It’s not often I feel malice and wish ill on someone but when I read that after slitherpools tapping up of Carroll and how he then went knocking on the managers door looking for a raise just weeks after he had signed a new contract I though greedy sod piss off to them and bomb.

    I must admit at the moment a little smile crosses my face every time he gets mentioned.

    Had he stayed with us and kept his head down and worked at his game it’s anybody’s guess where he could have ended up, I think he would have most definitely been in the England squad by now and had a couple of caps but he went for the money and now he is even struggling to warm the bench.

    Serves him right for being so quick to change colours.

  • mattyNUFC

    Dec 14, 2011 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #35

    He was a joke in our 5-0 win last season

    everything thing else i’ve seen of him tell’s me i’m not far off the mark. He has however been scouted my many PL teams. I hope, if he does come, i’m dead wrong, because we can’t afford another Bramble/Boumsong. It’s one thing getting in “squad” players, but it’s another thing when you lose your best players and then rely on second rate talent, which we’ve had a history of….for our entire history, especially of late

  • John

    Dec 14, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #36

    Dont know why he dosent play HBA on the right wing, obertan comes inside jst as much as HBA I think obertan needs to start from the bench for awhile crying shame to have a player of HBA ability sitting on a bench and playing the likes of obertan who jst runs around with little or no contribution.

  • mattyNUFC

    Dec 14, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #37

    john, i like obertan but i agree completely

  • yohan ben arfa

    Dec 14, 2011 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #38

    this would be a very good signing for newcastle united. with colocinni next to tomkins, he WILL turn out to be a very good player for us. hes also left footed which can make us balanced in the back. he may have made mistakes and been in a relegated team but hes young and look how experienced he is already.

  • davis_toons

    Dec 15, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #39

    Rtaylor will be run down by the Swam Winger..just have a close look at him this weekend.

  • davis_toons

    Dec 15, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #40

    obertan needs play time but ben arfa shld also be given some playing time..even like a few minutes will be good..what AP thinkin?

    Obertan have time on his side. Remb, he is only 20.
    Hatem is hitting peak, he will need more play time.


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