Crystal Palace sign West Ham’s Cheikhou Kouyate
Happy days Crystal Palace fans!
The Eagles have finally completed their first outfield signing of the 2018 summer transfer window.
Late on Wednesday night, Palace announced the signing of midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate from West Ham.
Kouyate, who featured at the 2018 World Cup with Senegal, has agreed a four-year contract to leave West Ham for Palace.
Roy Hodgson’s side have paid an initial fee of £9.5 million for Kouyate, while West Ham could earn another £1.5 million in add-ons.
Kouyate on becoming an Eagle
After the transfer was confirmed, Kouyate spoke about leave West Ham for Crystal Palace:
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.
Max Meyer & Swansea’s Jordan Ayew
Crystal Palace could be about to sign a few more players too before the Premier League season starts on August 10.
Palace begin their new campaign on August 11 with an away trip to Fulham.
Will Max Meyer be in the Eagles XI at Craven Cottage? That’s highly likely, as the German international is set to join the ranks at Selhurst Park.
Meyer, 22, is a free agent after his contract at Schalke expired.
In total, Meyer played in 192 competitive matches for Schalke. He’s scored 22 goals and chipped in with 24 assists.
He’s also won four caps with his national team.
Palace are also hoping to land Swansea City striker Jordan Ayew as well. That deal is likely to involve Jairo Riedewald leaving Crystal Palace to head to Wales as part of the deal.