Crystal Palace close in on West Ham defender Tomkins

Rob Conlon
James Tomkins: Defender signed for Palace

Crystal Palace are closing in on the signing of West Ham defender James Tomkins, according to reports.

Tomkins has not traveled with the rest of the West Ham squad for the club’s pre-season tour of America and, according to Sky Sports, will sign for Palace early this week.

The 27-year-old will become Alan Pardew’s third signing of the summer after the club wrapped up deals for goalkeeper Steve Mandanda and England international Andros Townsend last week.

The England youth international only signed a new five-year deal at Upton Park in February 2015, and is currently the Hammers’ second longest-serving player behind captain Mark Noble.

Meanwhile, Palace are also understood to have bid £25million for Liverpool striker Christian Benteke, while Dwight Gayle has left the club to join Newcastle.