The transfer discussion in the Football Transfer Tavern is hoting up around the snooker table today after talkSPORT reported that West Ham United want to sign Everton centre back Sylvain Distin, which in turn could pave the way for James Tomkins to join Newcastle United.
Sam Allardyce is lining up a move for the Toffees defender, who is out-of-contract in the summer, and his potential arrival could spell the end for Tomkins at Upton Park.
Our landlord took a perch on a bar stool to remind interested punters that it was just last week that reports emerged that Tomkins, 23, was unsettled and frustrated with life on the sidelines with the Hammers and that could see him leaving in January
Tomkins has only started 11 Premier League games this term with Allardyce preferring James Collins and Winston Reid as the centre back pairing and the academy product has been played as a makeshift right back instead.
If Distin arrives at Upton Park that could limit Tomkins’ role further and see him being shipped out to Newcastle with Alan Pardew poised to renew his interest in the defender with his squad looking increasingly thin.