Crystal Palace complete James Tomkins signing

The Eagles have made the defender their third signing of the summer, joining from West Ham United

Crystal Palace complete James Tomkins signing
Confirmation of James Tomkins' move to Crystal Palace | Photo: Crystal Palace Football Club

Crystal Palace have announced the signing of central defender James Tomkins, who arrives at Selhurst Park from London rivals West Ham United for a fee confirmed by the club as £10 million.

Tomkins signed to replace ageing Delaney

the 27-year-old is seen as a long-term replacement for Damien Delaney, who has been part of the Eagles’ back line for four years but is now approaching 35 years-of-age and manager Alan Pardew has decided to bring in a fresher face. 

Palace had an upgrade on Delaney high on their shopping list, with Brighton’s Lewis Dunk and Borussia Dortmund’s Neven Subotic both strongly linked with moves to south London. However, Pardew is known to have been a keen admirer Tomkins for a number of years and was quick to jump at the chance of signing him when he was made available by the Hammers.

Tomkins will partner Scott Dann in the centre of Palace’s back four, but can also fill in at right-back where he appeared for West Ham in the latter stages of his career in east London – largely down to the form of Winston Reid and Angelo Ogbonna.

Having progressed through West Ham’s academy, Tomkins made his senior debut in a 1-1 draw with Everton in March 2008 and went on to make a total of 208 league appearances, scoring eight times.

Tomkins spent 20 years at West ham, coming through their academy | Photo: Getty images
Tomkins spent 20 years at West ham, coming through their academy | Photo: Getty images

Former England youth international becomes Palace's third signing with more in store

Despite never appearing in a senior international, Tomkins played for England at every level from under-16 to under-21 and was also part of the Great Britain side which took part at the 2012 Olympic games in London.

Tomkins joins Andros Townsend and Steve Mandanda in arriving at Selhurst Park, taking Palace’s spending to £23.5 million, while the Eagles are still hoping that a big-money move for Liverpool striker Christian Benteke will be completed in the near future.

The defender will travel to north America with his new team-mates next week where they face games against Philadelphia Union, FC Cincinnati and Vancouver Whitecaps. He is then set to make his competitive debut against West Brom as Palace kick off their 2016/17 campaign at home on 13 August.