James Tomkins ponders over West Ham deal
Centre back James Tomkins is yet to agree a new contract at West Ham United, however manager Sam Allardyce is confident his defender will sign.
Tomkins has played an integral part in the Hammers push towards promotion, and has strongly been linked with a January move to London rivals Queens Park Rangers.
However United co-owner, David Gold, announced the club will rebuff any offers for the 22-year-old, who are determined to keep such young protégés at East London.
Allardyce is hopeful he can persuade the Englishman to extend his current contract, and hopes he can be a part of a successful West Ham team for years to come: "James is not one of those that is running short of a contract term," said Allardyce.
"We have been negotiating with him and will continue that in January to get a conclusion on extending that. I am optimistic.
"We are working with a very talented but small squad of players. We can ill afford to lose any players at this stage of the season to any of the clubs in the Premier League."