James Tomkins is happy with his decision to pen a new deal with West Ham United.

At least three clubs, QPR, ­Newcastle United and Tottenham, were in the hunt to sign the talented youngster during the ­current transfer window.

Tomkins told the Sunday Mirror: "It is ­extremely flattering to attract the interest of other clubs but leaving West Ham is not something I have ever seriously ­considered.

"Naturally I want to play at the highest level and the Premier League is arguably the best in the world.

"But I want to do that in a West Ham shirt not playing for ­another club.

"I'm a local boy and have come through the ranks at the club and loyalty is a far bigger currency to me than money.

"I'm extremely ambitious and striving to be the best player that I can."