West Ham snub 4m Toon offer for James Tomkins

West Ham snub fresh 4m Newcastle offer for Tomkins

Newcastle have had an improved 4million bid for West Ham defender James Tomkins rejected.

Manager Alan Pardew is eager to bolster his defence with Steven Taylor out for most of the season.

Interest: West Ham have vowed to keep James Tomkins

Interest: West Ham have vowed to keep James Tomkins

However, West Ham co-owner David Gold insists Tomkins is not for sale. He said: 'We want to keep James Tomkins, we really do want to keep him. I think it is fair to say he is not for sale.'

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce wants to retain Tomkins and bring in at least two players during the transfer window.

Huddersfield's Jordan Rhodes remains a priority and he has enquired about Tottenham's Sebastien Bassong while West Ham have also matched Leicester's offer for Reading winger Jimmy Kebe.

Allardyce said: 'Two quality players would be great.'