Sunday 01 September 2013

Transfer round-up: Crystal Palace capture winger Kebe

Mali international joins Eagles on three-year deal

  • Jimmy Kebe made 18 appearances in the 2012/13 Barclays Premier League season

Crystal Palace have confirmed the signing of Jimmy Kebe from Reading on a three-year contract for an undisclosed sum.

"It's a big move for me  getting back to the Premier League was my main target. I'm very excited about it"
Jimmy Kebe

The 29-year-old has become Ian Holloway's 11th summer signing and returns to the Barclays Premier League having spent two seasons in the top flight with the Royals.

"It's a big move for me, I didn't know if I was going to be able to move in this transfer window but getting back to the Premier League was my main target," Kebe told the club's website. "I'm very excited about it.

"I talked to the manager and you can see how excited he is and I'm ready for the challenge. It's a big opportunity for the club and we know it's not going to be easy to stay in this league as there's a lot of good clubs but anything is possible, so we'll try our best.

"I was in the same situation with Reading and it's never easy to move from the Championship to the Premier League as it's a big step but there's quality players here and we have a strong team to do something with here."

The winger began his career with Lens in his native France and after loan spells at Chateauroux and Boulogne was signed by Steve Coppell during Reading's second season in the Barclays Premier League in January 2008.

Kebe remained at the Royals following relegation and went on to become a mainstay of the side, scoring 29 goals in175 league appearances during his five-and-a-half years in Berkshire.

The Mali international helped the club win the Championship title in 2011/12 and featured 18 times in their solitary season back amongst English football's elite, scoring five goals. He has been capped three times by Mali.

Holloway, whose side earned their first Barclays Premier League points with a home win over Sunderland, has said that he intends for further signings to arrive before the closure of the transfer window.

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Key Points

  • Crystal Palace sign Jimmy Kebe from Reading
  • The 29-year-old winger made 18 appearances in the Barclays Premier League last season
  • Mali international 'excited' to be back in the English top flight