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Last Updated: Tuesday, 1 August 2006, 14:46 GMT 15:46 UK
Wigan sign Palace defender Boyce
Emmerson Boyce
Boyce rejected a new contract with Crystal Palace
Emmerson Boyce has signed a four-year deal with Wigan for an initial 1m.

Crystal Palace will receive a further 200,000 depending on how many appearances the 27-year-old makes.

"He is a player who loves to defend and the Wigan fans will take to him because he is totally committed," said Latics manager Paul Jewell.

Boyce can play anywhere across the back four, but his arrival will add to speculation that right-back Pascal Chimbonda is set to leave Wigan.

Chimbonda, who stunned Wigan when he put in a transfer request after the final game of last season, has recently been linked with a move to Tottenham.

Jewell has confirmed he turned down a cash-plus-players offer from Spurs and is holding out for the 6m valuation the Latics have put on the Frenchman, who is back in training.

He is very quick, very strong in the tackle and has proved he can perform at Premiership level

Paul Jewell on Emerson Boyce

"Pascal has come back and his agent was in my office when I spoke with Spurs and said we wanted the full 6m for Chimbonda, " he told the Manchester Evening News.

"Spurs offered a couple of players. We could not reach a deal and if we do not get the full amount the player stays where he is. We still think it is a very fair valuation.

"Don't forget not many clubs were keen to take a chance on him this time last year."

Boyce is Jewell's sixth new signing of the summer, joining Emile Heskey, Chris Kirkland, Denny Landzaat, Fitz Hall and youngster Tomasz Cywka.

"I think he is going to fit in very well at Wigan," Jewell added.

"He is very quick, very strong in the tackle and has proved he can perform at Premiership level."



SEE ALSO
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West Ham's Chimbonda bid rejected
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Chimbonda still has Spurs hopes
12 Jun 06 |  Wigan Athletic
Stay away, Jewell warns Chimbonda
10 May 06 |  Wigan Athletic
Chimbonda 'panic' led to request
09 May 06 |  Wigan Athletic
Jewell fury at Chimbonda request
08 May 06 |  Wigan Athletic
Chimbonda demands to leave Wigan
07 May 06 |  Wigan Athletic
Palace snap up Boyce
12 Jul 04 |  Crystal Palace


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