Top money wanted for defender

West Ham are playing hard ball over defender James Tomkins and will not let him leave unless someone comes up with a big offer.

West Ham: Top money wanted for defender West Ham: Top money wanted for defender

Sunderland 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 also wanted by Crystal Palace and Stoke 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 and then all the money will be put into Slaven Bilic’s transfer pot as they pursue their own targets.

The Hammers have been linked with Lyon hitman Alexandre Lacazette and Marseille’s Michy Batshuayi although London rivals Palace have jumped ahead of them in the pursuit of Batshuayi after lodging a £32m bid with his club.

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