Crystal Palace have snapped up Cheikhou Kouyate from West Ham United on a four-year contract.

Roy Hodgson’s side are also expected to announce the marquis signing of German star Max Meyer after he left Schalke.

But first they’ve signed Senegalese international captain Kouyate who switches across London having represented the Hammers 129 times in the Premier League across the last four seasons, scoring 12 goals in that time.

Kouyate, 28, previously played FC Brussels, Kortrijk and Anderlecht – where four league titles in five seasons.

He has also won 42 caps for Senegal since making his debut in 2012, playing in the 2012 Olympics, two Africa Cup of Nations and this summer’s World Cup, where he played in all three of his side’s 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 teammates," he told Palace TV.

“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.”

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