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Crystal Palace sign West Ham's Tomkins

5 Jul 2016
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The 27-year-old moves to Selhurst Park for a fee of £10million

Crystal Palace have announced the signing of defender James Tomkins from fellow Premier League club West Ham United on a five-year deal.

The 27-year-old has moved to Selhurst Park for a fee of £10million and becomes Alan Pardew's third summer signing following the arrivals of Andros Townsend and Steve Mandanda.

Tomkins, a product of West Ham's youth academy, made 163 Premier League appearances for the Hammers after debuting for the club in March 2008.

"I will always be thankful to Alan Pardew for how he helped me develop in my younger days at Upton Park"

James Tomkins

He will link up with his new team-mates ahead of the club's tour to the USA and Canada, due to get under way on Sunday.

"I am really excited to be joining Crystal Palace, a massive club and a manager in Alan Pardew that I know well and will always be thankful for how he helped me develop in my younger days at Upton Park," Tomkins told cpfc.co.uk.

Chairman Steve Parish added: "I'm really pleased James has agreed to join us, he's someone Alan has always wanted to sign from his own days at West Ham.

"I'm sure he is destined to become a huge part of our team as we look to build on the progress the club has made over the last six years.

"It's been a really positive transfer window so far, everyone has worked really hard to make these deals happen and I think we are much stronger because of them."

Palace's first Premier League match is a home match against West Bromwich Albion on 13 August, before a trip to Tottenham Hotspur on 20 August.

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