Palace sign West Ham’s Tomkins for £10m

James Tomkins

James Tomkins made his Premier League debut at West Ham aged 18

Crystal Palace have signed defender James Tomkins from Premier League rivals West Ham United for £10m.

The 27-year-old, who has signed a five-year contract, is Palace’s third summer signing, after midfielder Andros Townsend and goalkeeper Steve Mandanda.

Tomkins joined West Ham’s academy aged seven and went on to make 243 first-team appearances, scoring 11 goals.

Palace chairman Steve Parish said Tomkins was a player that manager Alan Pardew had “always wanted to sign”.

Tomkins said on the club’s website: “I am really excited to be joining Crystal Palace, a massive club and a manager in Alan Pardew that I know well.

“I will always be thankful for how he helped me develop in my younger days at Upton Park.”

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West Ham captain Mark Noble, another of the club’s academy products, marked Tomkins’ departure

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