West Ham confident of wrapping up deal for midfield destroyer with talks underway - report
West Ham are in talks to sign Manchester City legend Yaya Toure following the expiration of his contract at the Etihad Stadium, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that the Hammers are in negotiations for the midfield destroyer, who has won three Premier League titles during his stint with Man City and will leave them as a free agent this summer.
It is understood that the 35-year-old is keen to reunite with his former boss Manuel Pellegrini at the London Stadium, but would have to take a pay cut on the £220,000-a-week deal he has been on with the Premier League champions.
The report details that West Ham are “confident” they can get this deal over the line and bring the Ivory Coast international to the club.
Football Insider verdict:
Toure would be some high-profile addition at West Ham this summer if they do bring him to the club and it appears like a move is definitely on the cards. The deep-lying playmaker has expressed his desire to continue playing in the Premier League after departing Man City an icon and could get one last adventure at the London Stadium. He is not the box-to-box powerhouse he once was and is miles away from the player that used to steamroll through teams. However, his experience and know-how would definitely be a significant boost in the dressing room and improve the players around him. Toure managed just 17 appearances in all competitions for Man City in the 2017/18 campaign and it’s hard to imagine him being a regular starter next season for the Hammers. He could play a valuable bit-part role in the squad and a lot of his influence would be away from the pitch.
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