West Ham have reached a £12m agreement with Crystal Palace over a deal involving defender James Tomkins, according to the London Evening Standard.

Tomkins has been at the club since he was four-years-old, but his 23-year association with the Hammers looks set to end with a move to South London on the horizon.

Tomkins hasn’t travelled on West Ham’s pre-season tour of the United States, and the report claims he is close to being reunited with former Hammers boss Alan Pardew.

The 27-year-old made his Hammers debut in a 1-1 away draw with Everton in September 2008 and has gone on to make 243 first team appearances since, scoring 11 goals.

The potential sale of Tomkins has come as a surprise to many, particularly going in to a season involving Europa League football and the increased need for strength in depth.

However, it can only mean that the club are looking for fresh defensive resources ahead of the new campaign.

James Tomkins’ West Ham Career
SeasonLeague AppsLeague GoalsCup AppsCup GoalsYellow CardsReds CardsTotal AppsTotal Goals
2007/20085 (1)0000060
2008/200911 (1)13001151
2009/201022 (1)03000260
2010/201118 (1)19030281
2011/201245 (2)40051474
2012/201318 (8)13050291
2014/201520 (2)13070251
2015/201623 (2)07331323
Total:193 (18)832329424311
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