West Ham United co-chairman David Sullivan has revealed why James Tomkins moved to Crystal Palace.
Crystal Palace managed to secure the services of James Tomkins for a fee of around £10 million recently and while the transfer has been seen as a bit of a coup for the Eagles, many West Ham United fans are baffled as to why their club decided to allow the defender to leave.
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Tomkins joined Palace recently
Tomkins had amassed nearly 250 appearances for the Hammers since breaking into the first team back in 2008 and with the defender having played a crucial role in West Ham’s fine campaign last term; many were surprised as to why Slaven Bilic allowed the Englishman to leave so easily.
Amid the displeasure of the fans, West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has gone on to speak about the shock transfer and has explained that Tomkins was sold this summer as the club could not guarantee him regular first team football during the upcoming campaign.
Sullivan explains why Tomkins left West Ham
Sullivan said, “We thank James for his contribution to the club and we know he is a fantastic player. But it’s a position we had four players in plus two other players who can play at centre back. We also have two fantastic young defenders who we want to give games to.
“James made it clear that if he wasn’t guaranteed first-team football he would consider a move, so it made sense to sell him for a decent price.”