According to reports in The Sun, Everton manager Sam Allardyce wants to sign Crystal Palace defender James Tomkins in a £20m deal during the January transfer window.
Well, The Sun says that after leading the Toffees away from the relegation zone and into the top-half of the Premier League table, Allardyce has turned his attentions to the New Year and the players he can bring in for the future of the Merseyside outfit.
The Sun says that the 63-year-old wants Tomkins – whom he managed during his spell in charge of the Eagles last term and at West Ham previously – to bolster the Toffees’ backline, but he could cost them double the £10m the south London club bought him for in July 2016.
The report adds that Palace boss Roy Hodgson will be loathe to sell him, with his team currently embroiled in a relegation battle.
While The Sun reports that Hodgson wouldn’t want to lose the centre-back in January, he hasn’t been a regular in the Palace backline this term.
He has played in nine of their 18 Premier League games, but he has started the last three in which they have taken seven points from a possible nine.
According to WhoScored.com, the 28-year-old has won 20 tackles, 29 of the 54 aerial duels he has faced and made 20 interceptions, 45 clearances and six blocks.
It’s difficult to say.
While Big Sam clearly knows him well and believes that he would be a good addition to the backline, the fact that he has never been a consistent starter at West Ham and Crystal Palace previously would probably be a worry for Toffees supporters, who are expecting their club to go to the next level in the coming seasons.
At 28 years of age Tomkins is now considered to be an experienced performer rather than a defensive prospect, and the Merseyside outfit should feel that they could find a better centre-back elsewhere – especially for £20m.