West Ham to complete £12.5m transfer deal with PL rivals today

According to reports from Sky Sports, Crystal Palace are expected to complete a £12.5million transfer deal for West Ham defender James Tomkins by the end of the day.

The 27-year-old is a Hammers academy product and made his debut way back in 2008, going on to amass 241 appearances across all competitions for the East London outfit.

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But the 6 foot 3 centre-half-come-right-back was issued just 23 appearances by Slaven Bilic last season, who seemingly prefers Winston Reid and Angelo Ogbonna at the heart of his defence.

The Sun revealed last week that West Ham are looking to cash in on Tomkins this summer and it appears they have now found a buyer in Crystal Palace.

Indeed, The Daily Mail reported on Friday that the two London clubs had agreed a £12.5million fee and Sky Sports now claim the deal is expected to be completed by the end of the day.

Palace have been one of the Premier League’s busier clubs this summer, agreeing deals for Newcastle United’s Andros Townsend and Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandanda.