Following West Ham giving a new contract to James Tomkins until 2016, on the back of an alleged bid by Newcastle, attention seemingly has shifted to Watford centre-back Adrian Mariappa.

Watford manager Sean Dyche claims Newcastle United’s initial bid for centre back Adrian Mariappa is, “miles away,” from their valuation of the player.

“It was a very simple chain of events; A bid was made and we need to make it clear that it was nowhere near what we consider to be his valuation. We have a club policy where we don’t give valuations because you get into weird territory but it was nowhere near what we think he is worth.

If those figures reach what this club think is appropriate – through the owner, the board, myself and Ross Wilson (head of football business) – then we will talk about it but they are miles away at this moment in time”.

Mariappa, who has come through the ranks and already has over 200 games under his belt at the age of 25, has  a similar profile to Newcastle’s own Steven Taylor, albeit at a lower level.

Rumours suggest the bid was possibly under £1m for a player with only 18 months left on his contract, whether he is any good will hopefully have been measured up by Newcastle’s scouting system.

Watford are lower mid-table but reports suggest that Mariappa has been arguably their best performer, at 5 ft 10 the  defender averages less than one yellow card every ten games and has only ever been sent off once. Not being the tallest I can only assume he has a bit of pace and as well as his favoured centre-back position he has also filled in at right-back.

Just like haggling over the price of anything, the value is in the eye of the beholder.

What is for sure is that Newcastle are desperate for defensive cover and with only five days remaining of the transfer window Alan Pardew will be hoping a deal can be done for Mariappa or an alternative.