Crystal Palace has completed the signing of James Tomkins from West Ham United for a fee of £10-million.
The 27-year-old has agreed to sign a five-year contract with the Eagles, keeping him at the club until 2020.
Tomkins becomes the Eagles’ third summer signing after Andros Townsend and Steve Mandanda arrived last week, he will link up with his new teammates ahead of their tour to the USA and Canada, reports the Crystal Palace website.
The English defender praised Pardew for helping him develop as a young defender during their time together at the Hammers.
‘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 said.
Palace chairman Steve Parish went on to say that Tomkins will become an integral part of the Eagles squad as they try and build on the club’s progress.
‘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,’ Parish said.
‘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.’
Over the course of his career, Tomkins has netted 11 goals and created 10 assists from 255 appearances in all competitions during his time at West Ham United and his loan move to Derby County.
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