Darren Bent has told West Brom to put their faith in Sam Allardyce’s transfer judgement and seal the January signing of Crystal Palace defender James Tomkins.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former England striker insisted the board must “go and get” Tomkins if he is who the new manager wants.
As revealed by Football Insider last Thursday, Allardyce has set sights on signing 31-year-old Tomkins after working with the defender at both Crystal Palace and West Ham.
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The London club are ready to sanction the departure next month of Tomkins with 18 months remaining on his Selhurst Park deal.
That is a boost to Allardyce’s hopes of landing the centre-back, who made his first appearance of the season as a substitute in Saturday’s 7-0 walloping by Liverpool.
Bent told Football Insider: “Is Tomkins going to be the answer? We know he can defend but he’s not been fit for a while, has he, Tomkins?
“He’s been out for, I don’t know how long so I’m not quite sure, I’m not sure when the last time he played consistently well was.
“So for me, I know what Sam Allardyce is like, you can’t question somebody, this is where someone like him thrives, in this type of situation.
“If he’s identified Tomkins as a ‘must get’, then I’m all for it, go and get him. If he feels that he need to bolster the defence, then yeah you go and do that, but he’s got a tough job on his hands.
“But who’s going to bet against big Sam getting them out of another relegation battle.”
Tomkins made over 150 appearances under Allardyce at Palace and West Ham, and cost £10million when he made the move from east to south London four years ago.