It has certainly been an exciting transfer window for West Ham supporters this summer with the likes of Andriy Yarmolenko and Jack Wilshere secured, while a deal for Lazio winger Felipe Anderson also looks likely.
No doubt, the West Ham faithful will be pleased with the players brought in so far. However, one name that would divide the east London club’s fanbase is Yaya Toure.
£2.2m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Toure was released by Manchester City last month after a successful eight-year spell at the Etihad, which included a Premier League title win under the now West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini.
A deal now, though, seems highly unlikely – and it may be for the best.
In his prime, Toure was one of the best midfielders the Premier League had ever seen; what he did in Pellegrini and Manchester City’s 2013/14 title-winning season was incredible.
But as seasons went by, Toure started to look like a passenger in City’s side. Games often went by him when the Citizens were without the ball. And at a team such as West Ham that will not dominate matches in the same manner as City, the 35-year-old could be exposed further.
With Marko Arnautovic, Manuel Lanzini and possibly Anderson in the side, Pellegrini is going to need a midfield that consists of players who can do the dirty work and give the previous mentioned names the conditions to express themselves.
Toure is clearly an individual blessed with an abundance of talent and quality; however, he is not the answer for Pellegrini and West Ham.