Meanwhile, up at St James Park, amongst the bedlam caused by the dramatic arrival of Joe Kinnear as their Director of Football, Newcastle are casting a beady-eye south.
Alan Pardew, doing a wonderful job of ignoring all the commotion around him, still has ambitions of luring James Tomkins to the north-east and Tomkins forms one half of a duo of players Pardew has instructed Kinnear to obtain, the other being the Villa striker, Darren Bent.
Have we seen the last of James Tomkins in a West Ham United shirt>
I`d hope not!
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