St James’ Park boss targets Upton Park defender.
Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew is planning to snap up young defender James Tomkins from his former club West Ham. The Magpies boss is keen to strengthen his defensive options and is eyeing up the former England Under 21 international who can effectively ply his trade at both right back and as the centre of the defence.
The St James’ Park side started the season with a bang but have struggled of late and have seen Steven Taylor ruled out for the rest of the season with an injured Achilles leaving Pardew looking to bring in reinforcements in the January transfer window. His search has led to Upton Park and interest in 22 year old Tomkins who has been in excellent form this term, helping Sam Allardyce to hold their spot in second place in the Championship.
Allardyce will be loathed to lose the Basildon born defender who has already notched up over 100 appearances but may well find it hard to keep his young charge if Newcastle United come calling.
Fabricio Coloccini has been in inspired form for much of the campaign but Pardew has had to rely on right back James Perch filling in alongside the Argentine and this has left the North-East side very exposed. Indeed Newcastle United have managed to concede 10 goals in the three and three quarter games the former Nottingham Forest man has been used in an unfamiliar position.
Pardew will be looking to owner Mike Ashley to offer him funds to beef up his squad when the transfer window re-opens next month. Newcastle United’s top seven spot may well help convince Ashley to hand over the cash to help keep the club competing for a European qualification spot.