Sam slams lid on Toon bid for Tom

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SAM AL­LARDYCE has re­jected a £2.5mil­lion bid from New­cas­tle for West Ham star James Tomkins.

But the Ham­mers are still fac­ing a bat­tle to con­vince the highly-rated de­fender to sign a new con­tract at Up­ton Park.

Al­lardyce is de­ter­mined to keep the 22-year-old and snubbed New­cas­tle’s of­fer that was made over the week­end.

Former Ham­mers boss Alan Pardew tar­geted Tomkins af­ter los­ing Steven Tay­lor for the rest of the sea­son with an Achilles in­jury.

Tomkins, who has been with the club since the age of seven, has been in talks over a new deal but is keen on a re­turn to the Premier League.

New­cas­tle could come back with an­other of­fer in the New Year while QPR are also huge ad­mir­ers.

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