As Newcastle United look to strengthen the centre of their defence this month, would the Magpies be able to tempt West Ham into letting James Tomkins leave if they were to receive Danny Simpson in return?
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is a long-time admirer of James Tomkins, who was in the youth team at West Ham when Pardew was in charge in East London.
The 23-year-old has played at all youth levels for England and was rewarded for his fine form in West Ham’s promotion last season with a place in the Great Britain team for the Olympics earlier this year.
Pardew would like to bring Tomkins to the north-east, especially as the future of his captain Fabricio Coloccini remains uncertain, but could be put off by the Hammers’ £10 million of their young centre back.
You can’t see Newcastle forking out that much and that sort of price shows just why the Magpies are doing most of their shopping across the Channel.
The valuation shows how highly the Hammers the youngster and an injury to James Collins will make them even less willing to let him go.
However, West Ham are reported to be interested in Newcastle right back Danny Simpson, whose future in a black and white shirt looks bleak following the arrival of Mathieu Debuchy.
With Simpson’s contract running down, Newcastle would do well to get some value from him and using him as a make-weight in the deal for Tomkins would do just that.
Maybe £5m plus Simpson wouldn’t be the worst deal for Tomkins?