West Ham aim to take advantage of their extended international break to bed in their new big-name signing Victor Moses.
The east Londoners don’t play until Monday night, hoping to produce three points for the home support for the first time in a remarkable season.
Moses, on a season-long loan from Chelsea, may be the answer to the striker conundrum that was vexing manager Slaven Bilic and certainly the frontman is assured of a warm welcome from at least one team-mate.
James Tomkins, 24, a colleague of Moses’s from the England Under-21 days, is looking forward to reuniting with his friend.
He told the club’s website: “He was brilliant for Stoke last season and is a nightmare to mark. The lads have already seen that in training. He can be a match winner on his day and I will try and help him settle in as I know him well.
“He is a similar age to me and he wants to play games. He is playing for a massive club like Chelsea and they have offered him a new deal which shows what they think of him.
“But for him to come here and play first-team football is something he is seeking to do.
“I think it is good business for the club and we have strengthened areas of the squad that we needed to and it was great recruitment.”
Meanwhile, former captain Kevin Nolan, who was cut adrift by the Bilic, has been training with Leyton Orient and will stay there “for an indefinite period” as he searches for a new berth.
He left by mutual consent last month after failing to secure guarantees over playing time but said he was “looking forward to the next challenge”.
Orient are happy to have the 33-year-old.
Coach Ian Hendon said: “It is great to have such a model professional in Kevin at the club, and I am more than happy for Kevin to come in and train with the squad.
“It is good for our players to be training with a vastly experienced and talented Premier League midfielder.”
West Ham v Newcastle, Mon, 8pm