Kouyate leaves West Ham for Crystal Palace

Date published: Thursday 2nd August 2018 7:40

Crystal Palace have signed Senegal midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate from West Ham for an undisclosed fee.

Midfielder Kouyate, 28, captained Senegal at the World Cup finals in Russia, playing in all three of their group games.

“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 team-mates,” Kouyate told Palace’s official website.

“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.”

Kouyate made a total of 129 appearances in all competitions for West Ham, scoring 12 goals, since signing from Anderlecht in a £7million deal in 2014.

He has made 42 appearances for Senegal since making his international debut in 2012 and has also featured in two Africa Cup of Nations.

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