As the Hammers seek to improve their first-team squad, a squad that struggled to escape the threat of relegation last season, it’ll be interesting to see who the club can persuade, under the managerial acumen of Manuel Pellegrini, to bring to the club.
Already, as reported by ourselves earlier in the week, Click Here, the first signing of the summer transfer window has been completed, with Ryan Fredericks signing on the dotted line for four years.
Today, speculation appearing in the Daily Mail, infers that West Ham United are looking to bring a midfielder to the club, with the player in question being Yaya Toure.
Toure is a free agent after being released by Manchester City and is keen to link up again with Pellegrini, with the Ivorian having been part of the City side that won the Premier League and two League Cups when Pellegrini managed the Manchester-based side.
However, there are two possible sticking points.
The first relates to Toure’s salary. At Manchester City he was on a cool £220,000 a week, something that is, we’d anticipate, outside of the Hammers budget, even if the player is available on a free transfer.
The second relates to his age. Toure, at 35-years-of-age, is no spring chicken, the club indulged in bringing a player at the veteran stage of his career, Patrice Evra, to the club last season, a move that didn’t prove to be spectacularly successful.
So what’s the Vital West Ham Verdict?
Although our initial reaction was one of wariness, because of Toure’s age, we reckon this could be a good move. Toure’s powerful presence in what has been, at times, a lightweight West Ham midfield, could certainly pay dividends. The Ivorian also has the natural ability to put the ball in the net which is always a positive trait. Okay, he may not play every game, but we reckon the gamble is one worth taking, go for it West Ham.