Tomkins commits to Hammers

Defender delighted to end speculation about his future

James Tomkins: West Ham defender has ended speculation about his future by signing a new deal

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West Ham United defender James Tomkins has ended speculation about his future by signing a new contract at Upton Park until 2016.

Tomkins, who came through the ranks at West Ham, has repeatedly been linked with a move to the Premier League since the club suffered relegation at the end of last season.

Hammers co-owner David Gold insisted earlier this month that the 22-year-old is not for sale amid reports of a £4million bid from Newcastle United.

Speculation has claimed that Newcastle will now wait until the summer to make a renewed bid to land Tomkins, but the centre-half has pledged his future to West Ham.

Tomkins made his 100th appearance for the club in Saturday's Championship game against Nottingham Forest and is delighted to be part of Sam Allardyce's squad.

Brilliant

"I'm really pleased that I've signed a new contract at the club," Tomkins told the club's official website.

"It's nice to end the speculation about what people have been saying in the papers and commit my future to the club and concentrate on my football.

"By signing this deal, I'm showing my commitment to the club as they've been brilliant to me this year with all the support they have given to me and the rest of the players.

"If they continue doing that then together we can return the club back to the Premier League, where we believe we belong.

"Sam Allardyce has been brilliant this year as well and has shown what he can do on and off the pitch as a motivational manager."