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Palace boss Roy Hodgson makes admission about James Tomkins ahead of his return to face West Ham

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Roy Hodgson has revealed that he had his eye on James Tomkins as a potential signing when he was the manager at West Bromwich Albion.

And ahead of his return to face his old club West Ham today (Saturday), Hodgson has been speaking about how Tomkins has developed as a player, adding that he hopes the former Hammer can keep improving and help the Eagles climb the table this season.

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"They [West Ham] were playing in the Championship and came back up.

But strangely enough when I was at West Brom, we were monitoring James," said Hodgson.

The defender has become a key man for Palace under Hodgson, forging a successful partnership with Mamadou Sakho and being part of a settled back five for the Eagles this season.

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