SAM ALLARDYCE wants to sign James Tomkins in the January transfer window.

The Everton boss has eased relegation fears by leading the Toffees to four wins and a draw since replacing Ronald Koeman.

Now he wants to build for the future with centre-back Tomkins — who he managed for four years at West Ham — lined up to bolster his defence.

Tomkins, 28, was sold by West Ham to Crystal Palace in a £10million deal in July last year.

The Eagles are likely to want double that — though boss Roy Hodgson will be loathe to sell with Palace fighting to stay up.