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Newcastle chasing English defender

West Ham defender James Tomkins

Newcastle United are considering a move for West Ham defender James Tomkins, according to the Metro. 

Alan Pardew is a known admirer of the centre back, and was linked with a move for him last January. The Magpies boss is desperate to strengthen the centre of his side’s defence, with it proving a glaring weakness last season.

It is understood West Ham would be willing to let Tomkins leave for the right price, as the club are aware they still have to sell players to fund the £15million they used to sign Andy Carroll from Liverpool.

However, the obstacle for Newcastle is whether Pardew can convince new Director of Football Joe Kinnear to sanction the deal.

The pair are understood to have held a meeting to discuss transfer targets, but it remains unclear as to who has the final say. Newcastle fans have voiced their unhappiness at the controversial appointment of Kinnear, and the club know they need to make signings in order to appease the supporters.

The Magpies are still yet to launch a bid for Aston Villa striker Darren Bent, who has been linked with a £5million switch to St James’ Park, as a possible replacement for Papiss Cisse.

Cisse looks to be on his way out of Newcastle after refusing to wear the club’s new shirt, sponsored by loan company Wonga, as it goes against his religious beliefs.

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