Defender fee set

Stoke will have to spend big if they are to have any chance of signing West Ham defender James Tomkins this summer.

Stoke: Defender fee setStoke: Defender fee set

Potters boss Mark Hughes is keen to sign a new central defender and has been linked with Tomkins, who is also a target for Crystal Palace and Sunderland.

Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce knows the player well from their time together at Upton Park and has seen one offer, thought to be of £8m, turned down and now West Ham have made it clear they want £11m for the player.

The 27-year-old, who was restricted to 25 Premier League appearances last season, is in demand and whoever comes up with the right offer is likely to land him.

West Ham owners David Gold and David Sullivan are thought to be holding out for their asking price before they will sanction a deal, so Hughes will likely have to go as high as £11million in order to secure the defender’s services.

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