West Ham either really want defender James Tomkins or they really want money – that may account for the £11million price tag the defender attracts, which will make the chasing pack blanche.

Less likely of the two theories is a desperate desire to keep the 27-year-old. Winston Reid and Angelo Ogbonna are manager Slaven Bilic’s first-choice centre back pairing which restricted Tomkins to only 25 Premier League appearances and prompting the Englishman to think again about his future.

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Further pushing him down the pecking order would be the arrival of free agent Nicolas N’Koulou, a Cameroon international, who previously played for Marseille.

So if it’s money the club wants, to fund their increasingly desperate search for a striker, then Crystal Palace, Stoke and Sam Allardyce’s Sunderland are going to need to tighten belts. Their £8million bids will not be enough.

If they squeeze that money from Palace, it might do them a double favour. For the south Londoners are ready to fork out £32million for Marseille’s Michy Batshuayi, an ongoing interest of their east London rivals.

West Ham’s interest striker Alexandre Lacazette is in danger of promoting a bidding war, with the Lyon frontman now rated at £45million, 50% up on previous speculative fees.

West Ham have already dramatically increased their offer to £42million but that has been rejected, according to reports.

Arsenal have now redoubled their efforts to land the frontman after they were snubbed by Jamie Vardy and there’s also Atletico Madrid in the wings, monitoring the prolific scorer.