West Ham United officially sold midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate on Wednesday, with Crystal Palace confirming the deal on their official social media channels.
The Senegal international, who featured at this summer’s World Cup in Russia, has brought to an end his four-year spell with the club after joining from Anderlecht in 2014, in favour of a new challenge at Selhurst Park.
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) 1 August 2018
The 28-year-old makes the short trip across the city to embark on a new chapter working with Roy Hodgson, after the clubs agreed a fee in the region of £9.5 million as reported by the Sun.
Towards the beginning of his Irons career, Kouyate established himself as a fearsome midfielder capable of screening the defense as well as lending a hand further up the field.
In recent times though, the Dakar-born star simply has not looked like the same player, appearing uncomfortable on the ball and being unable to take games by the scruff of the neck as he once used to.
Games last season tended to bypass him and, although he made 147 appearances for the club, it was perhaps the best decision for all parties for him to leave now.
West Ham fans have had their say on Kouyate’s departure, and it is safe to say they are pretty split over the big man’s departure. The general consensus being that his footballing ability did not quite match up to his vibrant personality…
Great news to wake up to. Been absolute pony for years 🎉⚒
— Ross (@RossWoolward) 2 August 2018
Gonna miss him unpredictable player but on his day was one of the best good luck to him at palace
— Louise (@louisewhufc) 1 August 2018
Good luck cheik, love the bloke but he was bang average and found out after his first 2 years
— Tom Edwards (@Tom_Edwards1997) 1 August 2018
This is a weird one, not sure if I’m happy or not. One things for sure his positive attitude will be missed! All the best for the future cheikhou
— Charlie Ives (@CharlieIves92) 1 August 2018
Gutted it ended the way it did but feel he and us needed a fresh start. I honestly hope it works out for him #GoodLuckCheik
— Rob Waldon WHUFC ⚒ (@RobWaldon) 1 August 2018
Gave his all?! He’s been dreadful for the past 2 years, lacked any effort, can probably count on 1 hand his “better” games in that period. Won’t be missed.
— Lee (@LeeWHU88) 1 August 2018
A solid servant for the club. Put his body on the line. Took the knocks got up and battled on. Maybe not on fire more recently but a big thank you for your service. Good luck with CP And the other Hammer Tomkins.
— Steve Wood (@woodysworld1) 2 August 2018
I think the time had come for him … needs a new challenge and I wish him all the very best ⚒⚒ Good Luck Cheikhou
— Bryan Revell ⚒ (@bryrev79) 2 August 2018
Don’t really get the upset the guys been a liability for the last two years..
— Will (@willvaughan1_) 1 August 2018