Crystal Palace buys Tomkins from West Ham for $13 million

English center back James Tomkins is moving across London.

The 27-year-old had been at West Ham since age 7, and made 243 appearances for the Irons. He was a key figure in keeping the club’s 2011-12 Championship campaign the only one in the second tier.

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Tomkins is now joining Crystal Palace after the Eagles spent $13 million to pry him away from the Hammers. He was inspired by the opportunity to rejoin former boss Alan Pardew.


“I’m really excited to be here,” he said. “I was at West Ham United for a long time – I was there nearly 20 years since I was eight-years-old so it’s a good change for me and I’m really excited to get started here. It’s a massive club; they’re London based and I’ve worked with Alan Pardew before as a scholar.
“He helped me through by getting me training with the first-team when I was a kid and got my career started which I’ve always been thankful for, so it’s nice to be reunited with him. He’s been interested in signing me previously so it was an easy decision when I heard Palace were interested.”
Palace and West Ham allowed the same number of goals last season, but the Irons scored 26 more in finishing 20 points and eight places above the Eagles. Whether Pardew sees Tomkins name on the team sheet straightaway will be something to follow.