Hammers reject £2.5m Newcastle bid


West Ham have rebuffed an attempt by Newcastle to sign James Tomkins, it has been claimed.

According to The Mirror, Alan Pardew table an offer of £2.5 million for Tomkins over the weekend, but the Hammers are desperate to keep hold of the centre-back.

West Ham are currently in contract negotiations with the 22-year-old, and are optimistic that he will further extend his stay at Upton Park.

Highly regarded at the Boleyn Ground, Tomkins has risen to prominence under the stewardship of Sam Allardyce, and has been winning admiring glances from the Barclays Premier League.

Newcastle appear to be one of the clubs keen on the former England under-21 defender, with Alan Pardew currently short on options at the back.

The Toon boss is without Steven Taylor for the rest of the season after he suffered an Achilles injury in Newcastle's loss to Chelsea earlier this month.

Newcastle have also been linked with a move for ex-Magpies man Sebastien Bassong and out-of-favour Chelsea defender Alex.

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