The agent of Yaya Toure has caught the attention of Premier League London club supporters after recently announcing his client had passed a medical in the capital.
Dimitry Seluk took to Twitter to confirm the above; however, he then went on to rule out both West Ham and Crystal Palace from the running for Toure’s signature.
Given everything £2.25m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Toure has accomplished in the game and the technical ability he possesses, some West Ham and Crystal Palace fans may feel disappointed that the 35-year-old could end up at a city rival instead.
Crystal Palace, in particular, though, should not feel too disheartened with missing out on the former Manchester City man.
In Luka Milivojevic, James McArthur and summer signing Max Meyer, Crystal Palace already have good midfield options, while manager Roy Hodgson also has Cheikhou Kouyate to call upon.
By no means does this mean the likes of McArthur and Kouyate are better players than Toure — even if he is now 35 — but the Eagles simply have enough in the middle of the park to get by.
Unless Toure has more goal-scoring seasons in him like in the 2013/14 and 2014/15 campaigns, missing out on the Ivorian is hardly blow.
Where Crystal Palace’s problem lies is up front with Christian Benteke continuing to misfire and Hodgson not ready to throw Jordan Ayew into the firing line just yet for whatever reason.
With that in mind, if Crystal Palace were really planning to dip into the market for a free agent, then they should be looking at someone who could bring more goals to the team.
And that man is unlikely to be Toure.