Crystal Palace complete £9.5m signing of West Ham’s Cheikou Kouyate

By Haruna Mubarak
Cheikou Kouyate
Cheikou Kouyate

Crystal Palace have completed the signing of midfielder enforcer Cheikhou Kouyate on a four-year deal.

The Eagles have landed the Senegal captain for a fee believed to be £9.5m, with a further £1.5m in add-ons.

Kouyate made 129 appearances for West Ham over four seasons, netting 12 goals for the East London club.


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He said: "I am so happy. It's been a long day but now everything is good and I'm very excited to start with my new team-mates".

"This is the right time to move because I needed a new challenge.

"I have good memories of West Ham but I need to come here and give my best because I like the Crystal Palace project."

Henry was later sacked by West Ham and banned for 12 months from football-related activity.

It is hardly any surprise Kouyate felt the need to move on after the incident shamed the Hammers hierarchy.

On his new move to South London, Kouyate added: "I spoke to the manager and I know he'll be a good manager.

"I also spoke to Pape Souare yesterday and he told me I had to come and now I'm here I'm very happy."

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