James Tomkins comments after completing Crystal Palace move

West Ham's James Tomkins applauds their fans at full time

The defender completed a move from West Ham United on Monday.

West Ham's James Tomkins applauds their fans at full timeWest Ham's James Tomkins applauds their fans at full time

Speaking to the club’s official website, James Tomkins has shared his delight at completing a move to Crystal Palace from West Ham United.

The centre back completed a £10 million move from the Hammers on Monday afternoon, signing a five-year deal at Selhurst Park.

His move brings about an end to a life long association with the club, during which he made nearly 250 appearances in all competitions.

West Ham's James Tomkins celebrates scoring their first goal with Elliot LeeWest Ham's James Tomkins celebrates scoring their first goal with Elliot Lee

There will be one familiar face for him at his new club though, as he once again links up with former manager Alan Pardew and he says that the chance to rekindle that relationship was a key factor in his decision to make the move.

“I’m really excited to be here. It’s a massive club,” he told cpfc.co.uk.

“He [Pardew] 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.”

Liverpool's Emre Can in action with West Ham's James TomkinsLiverpool's Emre Can in action with West Ham's James Tomkins

Tomkins will now be keen to establish himself in the side in what is gearing up to be a big season at the club.

If their transfer business so far is anything to go by, they are determined to challenge for a European placing next season after the disappointment of last year.

To do so they will be heavily reliant on improving their defensive form, and Tomkins will be keen to form a partnership with fellow defender Scott Dann.

Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini in action with West Ham's James TomkinsManchester United's Marouane Fellaini in action with West Ham's James Tomkins

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