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Newcastle target Hammers defender

It’s last orders in the Football Transfer Tavern but before the bar closes for the evening, news filters through that Newcastle United want West Ham United defender James Tomkins.

An article on talkSPORT suggests that Alan Pardew has targeted the 23-year-old, who could be ready to leave the Hammers, as he looks to improve his injury-hit squad for the rest of the season.

The Irons star has become increasingly frustrated with the amount of football he is playing this season and that has led to speculation that his time at Upton Park may be coming to an end with suggestions that he may even hand in a transfer request in the near future.

Tomkins worked his way through the youth ranks with the Hammers, making his debut in 2008, and his impressive form earned him a place in the first-team, but he has fallen behind James Collins and Winston Reid in the pecking order this term.

Newcastle have struggled for form this season and lie in 15th place in the Premier League, just two points off the relegation zone. Pardew has already secured a deal for French international full back Mathieu Debuchy in an attempt to improve matters and bringing Tomkins to the club could further help shore up their shaky defence that has conceded 37 goals this season.

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