Crystal Palace have confirmed the £9.5million arrival of Cheikhou Kouyate from West Ham as Roy Hodgson steps up his recruitment drive.
The 28-year-old midfielder’s move from West Ham was confirmed on Wednesday night. The transfer is worth an initial £9.5m but could eventually include an additional £1.5m in add-ons.
Speaking to Crystal Palace’s website, he said: ‘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.’
Swansea forward Jordan Ayew is also scheduled for a medical after Palace agreed a deal that will involve midfielder Jairo Riedewald moving in the opposite direction.
However, Riedewald is still to be convinced that a move to Swansea in the Championship suits him.
Palace are yet to spend a fee on a player this summer, having only added goalkeeper Vicente Guaita, who joined on a free transfer from Getafe.
The Eagles will be Ayew’s third Premier League side on the spin — he represented Aston Villa before Swansea.
Hodgson’s side get their season underway with a game against newly-promoted Fulham on August 11.