Hammers sell academy graduate

West Ham have confirmed James Tomkins has left the club after 20 years to join London rivals Crystal Palace for £10million.

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Tomkins joined the Hammers academy at the age of seven and graduated to the first-team just before his 19th birthday, eventually going on to make 243 appearances for the Londoners.

The 27-year-old made 25 appearances for West Ham last season but was behind the likes of Winston Reid, Angelo Ogbonna and James Collins in manager Slaven Bilic’s pecking order.

The Hammers have now agreed to let Tomkins join Crystal Palace, the defender putting pen to paper on a five-year contract with the Eagles as he joins forces with ex-West Ham boss Alan Pardew.

“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.

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