West Ham musings by Pete May, author of Hammers in the Heart, West Ham:Irons in the Soul and Flying So High:West Ham's Cup Finals.
Monday, January 14
Should they stay or should they go?
Latest transfer rumours are worrying, particularly the suggestion that Newcastle are offering £10 million for James Tomkins. Yes, he must be frustrated at being the third choice centre back behind Reid and Collins, but we can't afford to lose a player of his potential, particularly as we only have three centre backs. It's also been suggested that Carlton Cole has been advised to find another club. We should hang on to him until the summer bearing in mind his salary cut last season, his performance in the play-off final and goals against Chelsea and Everton. He's not the player he was under Zola, but with Chamakh unproven so far, Carroll injury prone and Maiga not a main striker, Carlton is surely an option we should keep.