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.

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 Β£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.

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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.

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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…

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