West Ham United are reportedly in talks to sell Cheikhou Kouyate to Crystal Palace.
Sky Sports is reporting that West Ham are willing to sell the Senegal midfielder to Palace for £10 million.
The 28-year-old, who only recently returned to training after featuring predominantly as a substitute for Senegal at the World Cup this summer, has three years remaining on his contract at the London Stadium.
It comes as West Ham look to be clearing the decks after backing new manager Manuel Pellegrini with nearly £100 million worth of new talent this summer.
Kouyate established himself as a firm fans’ favourite when he was signed for £7.5 million from Anderlecht in 2015.
His energy, enthusiasm, tackling, pace and power in central midfield saw him quickly become a key cog in the team.
Kouyate’s versatility was also invaluable often operating with aplomb at centre back or even – with less success – at right back when required.
Never making a fuss about being played out of position and always a happy, smiling influence on the team, Kouyate was loved by his teammates.
But his star has been fading over the last 18 months as he went from being something of a midfield monster to at times a mouse.
He became something of a scapegoat last season and supporters would regularly highlight his lackadaisical efforts at tracking back on social media.
In truth Kouyate probably needs a fresh challenge to rediscover his best form and it is clear Pellegrini is willing to sacrifice the midfielder to perhaps bring in more new faces.
He will be a great addition for the Eagles under Roy Hodgson and now is a good time to say thanks Cheik and goodbye in a move that suits all parties before the relationship turns sour.
Kouyate was a great servant to West Ham and should be remembered as such.