By Emma Sanders
Alan Pardew has revealed he tried to sign James Tomkins while he was manager of Newcastle.
The Crystal Palace boss prised Tomkins from West Ham during the summer to end his lengthy pursuit of the centre-back.
Pardew was in charge of Newcastle for four years between 2010 and 2014 but his attempts to sign the Hammers academy product, now 27, failed.
“Tomkins is a great player, I tried to sign him a few times at Newcastle,” said Pardew, as quoted by Palace’s official Twitter account.
AP: Tomkins is a great player, I tried to sign him a few times at Newcastle. He’s doing very well for us.
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) October 14, 2016
Tomkins made over 200 league appearances for the Hammers and was considered an important member of their squad before his £10million summer switch.
The defender has made a bright start to life with Pardew this season and has been one of Palace’s most consistent performers.
He’ll face his former club on Saturday as Pardew’s side face West Ham on Saturday afternoon.
Palace have remained unbeaten in their last five games and Tomkins has been a crucial part in keeping that record.
In other Newcastle news, a winger and a forward are expected to be axed ahead of Saturday’s fixture with Brentford.