According to reliable club insider @ExWHUemployee on Episode 86 of The West Ham Way radio show, West Ham United are considering a move to sign Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure on a free transfer this summer, and Irons fans have been quick to react to the rumour.
It was announced earlier this month that the 34-year-old will be leaving the Etihad when his contract expires at the end of the season, but the Ivory Coast international has expressed a wish to carry on playing in the Premier League with an extraordinary proposal for potential suitors – something which has seemingly caught the east London outfit’s attention.
The midfielder – who turns 35 years of age on Sunday – made his first top flight start of the campaign in the 3-1 win against Brighton and Hove Albion on Wednesday night, and he has scored 59 goals in 230 Premier League games for the champions.
West Ham supporters took to social media to give their thoughts on the story, and while one said he “could be a great mentor to Declan Rice”, another said he is “too old and way past his prime”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
What’s the fastest way to tell if a player is past his prime? West Ham just signed him. ⚒⚒⚒
— Benjamin Haas (@BHaasTSD) May 10, 2018
I was waiting for this rumour to crop up 😂
West Ham United = elephant' s graveyard yet again
— Joe Coleman (@JoeColeman1508) May 9, 2018
If he’s fit, and still got the hunger, then why not? He’s experience would be key, could be a great mentor to Declan Rice who is seen as a midfielder within the club. This could work
— Paul Whitlock (@pwhitters) May 9, 2018
Would never pay his wages. MLS or china awaits
— Andy Brooks (@andybrooks89) May 10, 2018
No he is not what we need too old
We want younger fit hungry players
Dedonker shelvey shaquiri
— hammerhead (@larryberyl) May 10, 2018
No more of these signings please
— Martin John Burney (@martin_burney) May 10, 2018
No thanks too old and way past his prime, done nothing for a couple of years at least! Stay well clear.
— William Field (@wilfield71) May 10, 2018
Still and engine and his passing us second to none sign him on year contract better that kayoute
— Jamie Owens (@JayBudgeHOwens) May 10, 2018
I would take him all day long over any of our midfielders
— ⚒wes⚒ (@westmitc) May 10, 2018
Take that all day
— Joseph J. Jones (@josephjjones) May 9, 2018
He maybe old but if take him on a heartbeat
— Terry P (@Hammerstel87) May 10, 2018