Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce remains keen on landing £10m rated West Ham defender James Tomkins ahead of next month’s transfer window, according to the Brentwood Gazette.
The Black Cats boss worked with the defender during their spell in East London, and the 61-year old coach is reportedly chasing a reunion.
The North East outfit are struggling in the bottom two of the Premier League and are said to be keen to shore up a leaky defence that has seen them slip to as far as 19th.
Reports suggest Hammers chief Slaven Bilic is happy to offload the 26-year old centre-halve if the Upton Park club receive an offer they deem worthy of a sale.
After strengthening the backline of the summer by signing Angelo Ogbonna from Juventus, Tomkins now appears to be the odd man out when it comes to finding a partner for Winston Reid.
A £10m offer is thought to be on the way as Big Sam plots to raid his former charges.