Crystal Palace has announced the signing of Senegal midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate from West Ham.
The 28-year-old joins the Eagles on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
A former Anderlecht player, who has 42 caps for his country, Kouyate leaves the Hammers after four seasons where he played 129 times in the Premier League, scoring 12 goals.
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Speaking to the official Palace website, he said: “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.”
Kouyate joins fellow new signing, goalkeeper Vicente Guaita, who was signed on a free from Getafe.
He added: “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.
“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.”
Kouyate played all three of his side’s group games at the World Cup in Russia.