With James Tomkins emerging as a choice for the new West Bromwich Albion manager, Sam Allardyce will offer priority to a new central defender in January.
When the transfer window reopens in two weeks, Allardyce intends to improve his squad and is believed to have already had talks about future goals with the club’s sporting director, Luke Dowling.
The newly named Baggies boss has recognized the center of his security as an environment that needs to be strengthened as he is preparing a great escape.
And half of Tomkins, the nucleus of Crystal Palace, is among the names under consideration at the Hawthorns.
Since recovering from a long-term thigh injury, the 31-year-old is fit again and was on the bench for Wednesday’s draw at West Ham but has yet to make a competitive appearance for the club since February.
During his spells in charge of Crystal Palace and West Ham, Allardyce worked with Tomkins, 31, and wants a further reunion with the experienced center-back.
At the end of next season, Tomkins’ current contract expires, but Palace may be tempted to sell the defender to avoid losing him for nothing.