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West Ham tie down Noble & Tomkins

James Tomkins and Mark Noble
Tomkins and Noble are first-team regulars under Gianfranco Zola

West Ham youngsters Mark Noble and James Tomkins have signed new deals to keep them at Upton Park until 2013.

Midfielder Noble, 21, is West Ham's longest-serving player, while defender Tomkins turned 20 only last month.

"I'm just delighted to have signed and hope we can push on and try to get that European place," said Noble.

Tomkins said: "I feel I'm getting better with each game; I've become more mature, and going on loan (to Derby) did me a lot of good."

West Ham have risen to seventh in the Premier League under the guidance of Gianfranco Zola, who has rewarded a number of the club's home-grown players.

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Tomkins scored his first senior goal in last Saturday's 2-0 victory over Sunderland, along with fellow youth team product Junior Stanislas.

"I've come in at a time when we're pushing for a European place and I'm really enjoying my football," Tomkins told West Ham's official website.



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