According to a report from The Sun, West Ham have been locked in talks with Yaya Toure about a possible move to the London Stadium. The 35-year-old is out of contract after leaving Manchester City at the end of June and as such is looking for his next adventure, with ex-City boss Manuel Pellegrini and the Hammers a possible destination for the Ivorian midfielder.
But with the East London club reportedly unsure about offering the £2.25 million-rated midfielder (as per Transfermarkt) a deal, alongside their fine business already conducted this window, West Ham certainly shouldn’t ruin a great summer by signing the 35-year-old.
Ultimately, the Hammers have been extremely active in the transfer window already in bringing five players to the London Stadium, all of which have in some way plugged an obvious gap in Pellegrini’s squad.
Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, right back Ryan Fredericks, and centre back Issa Diop have all been brought in to stabilise and solidify a backline that shipped 68 goals in the Premier League last season, while the addition of Jack Wilshere will certainly help with their obvious problem in the middle of the park.
Add in the arrival of Ukraine international Andriy Yarmolenko to the forward ranks, and the Hammers have conducted some outstanding business this summer, both in filling the voids evident in the squad, as well as bringing in players slightly younger than the majority of those brought in in recent years.
Yet the arrival of 35-year-old Toure would be a nod to those past transfer policies, and arguably go against everything Pellegrini appears to be trying to achieve in this summer’s window.
The Ivory Coast international has enjoyed a stellar career in the Premier League in helping City win three Premier League titles since his arrival back in 2010, and it’s arguable that he could still do a job in the top-flight in the heart of the midfield.
But having released 37-year-old Patrice Evra and 34-year-old James Collins this summer, it appears that the Hammers are now looking more towards the long term than they have done in previous times, with Pellegrini the marquee manager they hope can take them to the next level in their new stadium – landing Toure would be a step back to the previous years.
Thus, with all the good the Hammers have achieved in this transfer window so far, they shouldn’t ruin it by landing 35-year-old Toure.
West Ham fans… what do you think? Let us know!