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West Ham defender insists he was right to turn down the advances of Alan's Pardew side a year ago, pointing to the Hammers' return to the Premier League as evidence

West Ham defender James Tomkins claims his decision to stay at Upton Park has been vindicated following the Hammers’ return to the Premier League.

Sam Allardyce’s men regained top flight football at the first attempt after a nervy 2-1 win over Blackpool in the Championship play-off final at Wembley.

The east London club rejected a £2.5 million bid from Newcastle for the former England under-21 international last season and Tomkins is happy to remain at the club after sealing a top-flight return.

“We’ve been promoted and I’m not going to turn back on that. It goes to prove I was right to stay,” he told The Daily Mirror.

The defender's contract was due to run out this summer but he has signed a four-year extension after Allardyce claimed it would have been "suicidal" to let Tomkins leave the club.

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