Crystal Palace have completed the signing of Cheikhou Kouyate from West Ham for an undisclosed fee.

The Senegalese midfielder signed a 4-year-contract with Crystal Palace.

Kouyate made 129 Premier League appearances, scoring 12 goals in that time for West Ham in four seasons since his move from Anderlecht in the summer of 2014. 

The 28-year-old captained his nation at the World Cup and has earned 42 caps since his debut in 2012. Kouyate has also participated in the 2012 Olympics, two Africa Cup of Nations and this summer’s World Cup, where he played in all three of his side’s group games. Kouyate has played for FC Brussels, Kortrijk and Anderlecht earlier in his career, winning 4 league titles in five seasons with the latter.

Speaking to Palace TV, Kouyate said: I’m so happy. It’s been a long day but now everything is good and I’m very excited to start with my new teammates.

“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.

“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 and I’m very happy.

“I also spoke to Pape Souare and he told me I had to come. Now I’m here and I’m very happy!”

Kouyate becomes the second signing by Palace senior squad, joining goalkeeper Vicente Guaita. Roy Hodgson is also close to signing another midfielder soon in Max Meyer as well as forward Jordan Ayew from Swansea. The former Schalke youngster is reportedly awaiting international clearance before completing his free transfer.

Meyer was banished from training for the remainder of Schalke’s season as he ran down the remainder his agreement without playing again for the Bundesliga side.

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