West Ham star top of Big Sam’s shopping list

West Ham are bracing themselves for a raid of defender James Tomkins as Sunderland plot a January swoop, according to reports in the Daily Star.

The Black Cats have recently appointed former Upton Pak chief Sam Allardyce as a replacement for outgoing boss Dick Advocaat, with the Wearside outfit unable to record a win so far this year.

Now, ‘Big Sam’, as he is known, is planning to make a return to East London in order to land the defender when the transfer window bursts open in January.

The Hammers only offered the 26-year old a new five-year deal back in February, though reports suggest they could be tempted by an offer exceeding £10m.

Former Stadium of Light supremo Advocaat is believed to have become disillusioned about the lack of quality in his squad, though American billionaire Ellis Short is understood to have afforded his new boss a sizeable kitty in an effort to stave off relegation.