West Ham's James Tomkins applauds their fans
Crystal Palace today confirmed the signing of West Ham United centre back James Tomkins - and some of his former team-mates have taken to Twitter to give their views.
Tomkins, 27, joined West Ham at the age of just seven, making his way up through the ranks at Upton Park to become another success story from the West Ham academy.
Primarily a centre back who can also play at right back, Tomkins has racked up almost 250 appearances for West Ham, not only playing in the Premier League but also helping the club win Championship promotion back in 2012.
This past season, Tomkins found first-team football hard to come by, with Angelo Ogbonna, Winston Reid and James Collins all ahead of him in the pecking order at centre back, whilst winger Michail Antonio was even preferred by manager Slaven Bilic during a crisis at right back.
It's therefore no surprise that Tomkins has now chosen to leave West Ham and search playing time elsewhere, making the move from East London to South London with Crystal Palace.
Tomkins will now join former West Ham boss Alan Pardew at Selhurst Park, and could form a partnership with Scott Dann in the heart of the Palace defence - but it's clear he will be missed at West Ham.
Players past and present have taken to Twitter to send messages to Palace and Tomkins, with ex-West Ham stars Carlton Cole and Danny Gabbidon posting messages wishing him luck and suggesting it's a great move from Palace.
Tomkins' long-term friend and team-mate Mark Noble also took to Twitter, admitting it's a sad day for him having been playing together for 16 years at West Ham.
looked after @TomkinsOfficial for 16 years, been through everything together, sad day for me but that's football for ya, good luck geezer— MARK NOBLE (@Noble16Mark) July 5, 2016
Good Luck to @TomkinsOfficial on his move to Palace. Didn't see that move coming, but all the best Pal— Carlton Cole (@CarltonCole1) July 5, 2016
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