Angelo Ogbonna says he didn’t expect James Tomkins to leave

Crystal Palace's James Tomkins celebrates scoring their first goal

James Tomkins joined Crystal Palace from Premier League rivals West Ham United in the summer transfer window.

West Ham United's Darren Randolph and West Ham United's Angelo Ogbonna in action with FC Astra Giurgiu's Denis Alibec

West Ham United defender Angelo Ogbonna has admitted on the club’s official website that he did not expect James Tomkins to leave in the summer transfer window.

Tomkins left West Ham for Premier League rivals Crystal Palace in the summer for a transfer fee reported by The London Evening Standard to be worth £10 million.

Ogbonna has admitted on West Ham’s official website that he did not expect the 27-year-old to leave in the summer.

West Bromwich Albion's Salomon Rondon in action with West Ham United's Angelo Ogbonna

The 28-year-old Italy international centre-back is likely to come up against Tomkins, who can play as a centre-back or as a right-back, this evening.

West Ham will take on London rivals Palace away from home at Selhurst Park in the Premier League.

Crystal Palace's James Tomkins celebrates scoring their first goal

“We will obviously be up against my former teammate James Tomkins, and it will be great to see him,” Ogbonna wrote on West Ham’s official website.

“He is a good player, and I didn’t expect his move during the summer. It was a good move for him. I wish him the best of luck at Palace – although not on Saturday! After the game, hopefully we can greet him and have a chat.

“I enjoyed playing with him at the back last season. He can play in many positions on the pitch, so everyone liked to be alongside him. Sometimes when there are a lot of changes, you are disappointed because you have lost your friend or teammate, but this is football. I wish him the best of luck.”

West Ham are struggling in the Premier League at the moment and currently find themselves third in the table.

Slaven Bilic’s side have picked up just four points from seven matches and are in danger of going down to the Championship at the end of the season.

Meanwhile, Palace are currently eighth in the Premier League table.

Crystal Palace's James Tomkins celebrates scoring their first goal

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