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Milan Badelj is the free agent West Ham should be targeting this summer

Milan Badelj is the free agent West Ham should be targeting this summer

According to a report from The Sun, West Ham are unsure as to whether to offer Yaya Toure a contract this summer. The 35-year-old ended his eight-year stint at Manchester City last month at the expiration of his contract, thus bringing to an end a hugely successful spell at the Etihad Stadium in which time the midfielder won three Premier League titles, and several other domestic trophies.

Yet at the age of 35, the Hammers should seriously consider against signing the Ivory Coast international, and must instead focus their efforts on landing fellow free agent Milan Badelj, valued at £13.5 million by Transfermarkt.

The Breakdown

Ultimately, while there is no doubting Toure’s place amongst some of the greatest midfielders to have ever graced the Premier League, at the age of 35 and having played so little football in the last 12 months, it would be unwise to try and land the Ivorian ace.

As a squad player, he could well do a decent job for the Hammers, but given the club appear to have moved away from the mistakes of previous transfer windows, in which they signed many over 30s, landing Toure would be a nod back towards that as opposed to the fresh outlook seemingly proposed by new manager Manuel Pellegrini.

And given Badelj’s efforts for both club and country in the last few years, the 29-year-old would be a much more effective addition to the West Ham squad.

The midfielder left Fiorentina at the end of his contract last month having played 140 times for the Italian outfit, adding to the 165 appearances he made for Croatian outfit Dinamo Zagreb between 2007 and 2012.

And given the 29-year-old has also proven his worth to Croatia in their run to the World Cup final this summer, having scored and assisted the other in their 2-1 win over Iceland in the group stages, it’s quite remarkable that he remains without a club less than a month before the new season gets underway.

But what with the Hammers are in need of further reinforcements in that midfield department, given neither Cheikhou Kouyate nor Pedro Obiang consistently produced the goods last season, Badelj would be an ideal addition.

Thus, Pellegrini’s side should forget about offering Toure a contract, and instead turn their attentions towards bringing fellow free agent Badelj to the London Stadium.

West Ham fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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