Numerous Premier League outfits will be upset to hear James Tomkins profess his commitment to West Ham following a month of speculation suggesting that the defender could return to the English top flight sooner than expected.
Newcastle and Tottenham were two sides being most heavily mentioned with a move for the 22 year-old as both clubs look for reinforcements at centre-back.
Two months ago, the Magpies suffered the blow of losing Steven Taylor for the rest of the season and Spurs will need cover for the injury-prone Ledley King and will be looking to replace the cover of Sebastien Bassong who is thought to be on his way out of White Hart Lane.
Tomkins has been a constant feature for West Ham this season following their relegation from the Premier League, making 25 league appearances for the East London outfit.
The youngster recently signed a new four-year contract at Upton Park stating that he is keen to get back into the nation’s top division – but only if it’s with West Ham.
Speaking to the Sunday Mirror, Tomkins stated: “It is extremely flattering to attract the interest of other clubs but leaving West Ham is not something I have ever seriously considered,”
The Hammers youth product went on to say: “I’m a local boy and have come through the ranks at the club and loyalty is a far bigger currency to me than money. Naturally I want to play at the highest level and the Premier League is arguably the best in the world but I want to do that in a West Ham shirt not playing for another club.”