You could be forgiven for having forgotten that former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure was still playing football but according to recent reports in The Daily Mail, the Ivorian’s agent is set to offer his services to both Crystal Palace and West Ham.
The former Premier League winner signed a contract with Greek giants Olympiakos back in September, only to see if terminated by mutual consent a few days ago, leaving him without a club and consequently pondering a move back to the English top flight.
West Ham have regularly been linked with a move for Yaya, given boss Manuel Pellegrini’s direct history with him but on the face of things, it’s difficult to see how he would fit into the current set-up at The London Stadium. Similarly, any talk of a stint with Palace is made to look unlikely by the club’s current plight. Languishing near the foot of the table without a great deal of money to spend on new recruits, no one is in any doubt that the our most pressing need is in attack rather than midfield.
Indeed, with Luka Milivojevic, Cheikhou Kouyaté, Max Meyer, James McArthur, Jairo Riedewald, Jonny Williams, Jason Puncheon and Jeffrey Schlupp all battling it out for places in the middle of the park, it’s fair to say that Toure’s position is arguably our strongest heading into 2019, making the prospect of a deal all the more unlikely.
Factor in his predictably high wage demands and checkered history in relation to off-field shenanigans, (the uproar over Manchester City’s failure to correctly celebrate his birthday springs to mind immediately) and it appears to be a move we would deal well to steer clear of from the very start.
Surely the club wouldn’t actually consider it, would they?