West Ham are reportedly close to agreeing a fee with QPR over the sale of their star-centre back James Tomkins.
The deal, which is allegedly around the £7m mark, has reluctantly been sanctioned by Chairman’s David Gold and David Sullivan and all is left to solve is whether sees the west-London club as a viable option.
Tomkins is reportedly happy to stay and push for promotion with his current side, with the promise of a lucrative contract coming his way if successful.
But Rangers are allegedly able to offer a huge chunk more on the wage front than the Hammers can even imagine.
QPR manager Mark Hughes, who celebrated his first land league win yesterday since taking over from Neil Warnock, is keen to add depth to his centre-half ranks. First choice pairing Anton Ferdinand and Danny Gabbidon are prone to an injury or two, while back-ups Fitz Hall, Peter Ramage and Bruno Perone aren’t of the standard Hughes requires in his teams.
Rangers chairman has openly admitted he is looking to build a team with a view to the future and young players are his preferred type. Tomkins is regarded as one of the top prospects around in that department and have formed the base of a solid West Ham United defensive unit that has proved the catalyst for the Hammers promotion push back to the Premier League. Their 2-1 defeat of Nottingham Forest leapt them to the top of the league.
It is believed that manager Sam Allardyce however isn’t on board with sale and he is doing all he can to keep Tomkins at Upton Park, but as a club have matched the Hammers valuation there is little Allardyce can do now.