According to recent comments from Manuel Pellegrini (via Sky Sports), West Ham will not be pursuing a deal for Yaya Toure. The 35-year-old is currently without a club after leaving Manchester City earlier this summer at the expiration of his contract, thus bringing the curtain down on an eight-year stint at the Etihad Stadium, in which time the midfielder won three Premier League titles as well as several other domestic honours.
And the Hammers have been linked with a move for the £2.25 million-rated midfield enforcer (as per Transfermarkt) this summer, only for Pellegrini to play down such speculation, which could result in the East London outfit missing a trick by opting against such move.
Ultimately, Pellegrini was extremely busy during the summer in bringing in no fewer than 11 players to the London Stadium, be it big-name signings like Felipe Anderson and Jack Wilshere to more shrewd additions in the form of Ryan Fredericks and Lukasz Fabianski.
However, the Hammers sanctioned the departure of Cheikhou Kouyate earlier this month to leave the club somewhat short in the centre of midfield, and while Pellegrini has somewhat sought to improve that area in bringing Carlos Sanchez back to the Premier League, the midfield efforts in the 4-0 thumping at Liverpool suggests that they could still be a bit short in that department.
Add in the fact that Sanchez hardly convinced during his prior spell in England with Aston Villa, and it seems that West Ham are crying out for someone like Toure in the middle of the park.
Yes, the midfielder is 35 now and his best days are almost certainly behind him, but the Ivory Coast international only a few years ago produced the goods for City in netting five times in 25 Premier League appearances for Pep Guardiola’s side – thus, while he may not reproduce his best, it’s clear that he still retains genuine quality in the centre of midfield.
And while Kouyate was arguably far from his best last season for the Hammers, his presence will certainly be missed and arguably was missed on Sunday in defeat at Anfield, and it remains far from certain whether Sanchez, who endured a miserable previous spell in the Premier League, is up to the task of filling that void.
Toure could be though, and despite being three years older than Sanchez and likely on more money, he’d surely be a better option for Pellegrini in the middle of the park.
As such, the Hammers could well be missing a trick opting against moving for the ex-City star.
West Ham fans… what do you think? Let us know!