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Crystal Palace should seek to join the race for Yaya Toure

Crystal Palace should seek to join the race for Yaya Toure

According to a report from The Sun, Yaya Toure’s future remains uncertain given West Ham are unsure whether to offer him a contract. The 35-year-old left Manchester City at the expiration of his contract last month after eight successful years at the Etihad Stadium, in which time the midfielder helped the Citizens to three Premier League titles, and a whole host of other domestic honours.

But with the Hammers reportedly unsure over whether to offer the Ivorian a deal, Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace should seek to move for the £2.25 million-rated ace (as per Transfermarkt), who has tormented the Eagles over the years.

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Ultimately, the Ivory Coast international has proven to have been one of the best midfielders to ever grace the Premier League during his eight-year spell at City, playing as big a part as anyone in helping the Citizens become one of the best teams in England.

And while he only featured occasionally for Pep Guardiola’s men last term in making just 17 senior appearances for the North West giants, it was only 12 months earlier in which the 35-year-old netted five times in 25 Premier League appearances to help City to a top four finish in Guardiola’s first season in charge.

Thus, it’s arguable that Toure still has the ability to produce the goods at top-flight level and as such could still do a job for many a Premier League team, not least a Palace side who know only too well exactly how good the 35-year-old can be.

During his illustrious career, the Ivorian ace has scored more goals against the Eagles than against any other team, netting seven times in ten appearances against the London outfit, coming out on the losing side on just one occasion.

Clearly, the 35-year-old has tormented Palace over the years in seemingly always producing the goods against them, so it would surely be quite nice for Hodgson’s side to have him in their changing room as opposed to the opposition’s this season.

Yes, at 35, Toure is very much entering the twilight of his magnificent career, but his efforts for City in the most recent years suggest that he still has something to offer at the highest level, and as such could be a useful squad player for many sides, including Palace.

And given how prolific he has been against the Eagles over the years, landing the Palace tormentor would go some way to ending the club’s pain against one of the best midfielders to ever grace the English top-flight.

Palace fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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