Ageing Yaya Toure still has the quality for the Premier League

Yaya Toure is set for talks with West Ham, just three weeks after his former manager at Man City, Manuel Pellegrini, was named boss at London Stadium.

Toure is a free agent, and reports from MailOnline suggest the Ivorian international and renowned Super-Agent Dimitri Seluk are in talks with the Hammers over a one-year deal.

The player has been linked with interest from arch-rivals Manchester United, as well as Marco Silva’s Everton,

What’s the story?

Toure has come to the end of his Manchester City contract, neither the club nor the player wanting to extend the star’s stay at the Etihad stadium. Pellegrini and Toure were said to have had a terrific relationship at Manchester City, a period that reaped a Premier League title and two League Cups under the Chilean.

Toure’s agent, Seluk, stated that the Premier League superstar “would play for a pound a week” if he were to move to a side in the top six. The 35-year old contributed 64 goals in 133 games under Pellegrini, during a period where he was widely-regarded as one of Europe’s finest midfielders.

What would he bring to London Stadium?

Whilst Pep Guardiola doubted the players ability to match the levels he set in his outstanding 13/14 Premier League season, in which he was involved in 29 goals in 35 games, he would be a significant signing at the end of what has been a turbulent season for West Ham.

Toure’s ability to dictate the tempo of a game is his strongest asset and a feature that would no doubt help solve West Ham’s erratic form at London Stadium. Similarly, his star appeal will attract better players to West Ham – the opportunity to work with one of the Premier League’s best-ever midfielders would surely be an attractive prospect for players.

The signing of Ryan Fredericks for the London side is considered a coup due to significant interest from other Premier League sides, and the targeting of Stoke City No.1 and England international, Jack Butland, is one that will solve another problem position for the Irons should that deal come to fruition.

How much will he cost?

The four-time African Player of the Year is expected to take a significant cut on his £220,000-a-week wages but the player’s demands could be the only stumbling block for the London side.

Despite this, it’s likely that Pellegrini will demand that the club target the three-time Premier League winner, a player he trusts from his time at Manchester City and one that would surely make a significant difference to West Ham, despite being in the twilight of his career.