Date: 12th October 2015 at 8:48am
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Sunderland are reportedly chasing West Ham United defender James Tomkins.

New Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce, who signed a two-year to replace Dick Advocaat at the Stadium of Light last week, is eying a reunion with the English centre-half during the January transfer window.

16 July 2015 - UEFA Europa League - Qualifying 2nd Round (1st Leg) - West Ham v Birkirkara FC - James Tomkins of West Ham celebrates scoring the winning goal- Photo: Marc Atkins / Offside.

The 26-year-old, who represented Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympic Games, has scored twice in 12 appearances in all competitions for the Hammers this season.

With Sunderland joint-bottom after leaking 18 goals during their opening eight league games, the most conceded in the Premier League, manager Allardyce wants to strengthen his backline by acquiring Tomkins’ services.

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