West Ham United joint-chairman David Sullivan has issued a ‘hands-off’ warning after speculation linking defender James Tomkins with a move away from the club.
Sunderland have been linked with a January move for the highly-rated Hammers defender after ex-West Ham boss Sam Allardyce took charge at the Stadium of Light.
Sullivan said: “There has been speculation in the media surrounding the future of our talented defender James Tomkins.
“James is a West Ham United player and has four-and-a-half years left on the contract. He loves the club.
“He won’t be going anywhere.”
Allardyce left the Hammers in the summer after his contract wasn’t renewed, joining the Black Cats on a two-year deal last week.
And Allardyce is keen to sort out Sunderland’s leaky defence, and Tomkins – who he worked with at West Ham – is a favourite of his.
Allardyce said previously: “From a distance, I feel like I can sort out the defence and I think there’s enough there to score a few goals.”