Boss Sam Allardyce of New West Bromwich Albion aims to make James Tomkins his first signing in charge of the Midlands side, Football Insider says.
In the Premier League, the Baggies are currently languishing in 19th position, two points from safety. The argument on Tuesday at Manchester City was not enough to hold the previous manager Slaven Bilic in the job, leading to the appointment of Allardyce.
West Brom holds the division’s worst defensive record, conceding 26, although fewer goals have been scored by only Sheffield United and Burnley. To hold his side in the top flight, Allardyce has a mountain to climb.
According to Football Insider, by getting in Crystal Palace center-back James Tomkins, the former England manager hopes to fix the defensive faults of West Brom.
The 31-year-old has fallen out of favor with the Eagles, having struggled so far this season to make a single appearance. The likes of Gary Cahill, Scott Dann, Mamadou Sakho, and Cheikhou Kouyate have usually been favored by manager Roy Hodgson at the heart of the defense. It’s known that Allardyce is a major admirer of Tomkins. During Allardyce’s four-year spell at West Ham United, the defender was a regular, and he was later taken to Selhurst Park for a £ 10m fee by the former Sunderland boss.
Tomkins will have to fight with Semi Ajayi, Kyle Bartley, Dara O’Shea, and Branislav Ivanovic for a spot in the starting XI, should the two reunite at West Brom.
A Midlands derby against bitter rivals Aston Villa, before a visit to Premier League table-toppers Liverpool, is Allardyce’s first game in charge of the Baggies.