According to reports in Chile, West Ham United are closing in on appointing Manuel Pellegrini as David Moyes’ successor at the London Stadium, and Irons fans are sure that Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure will be the Chilean’s first signing if he does get the job.
Co-owner David Sullivan released a statement on Thursday to say that the east London outfit are closing in on their preferred candidate “who has a proven record of success at the highest level of the game”.
The 64-year-old would certainly fit into that category given he won the Premier League title with City previously, with Toure proving to be one of his key players during that campaign.
The 35-year-old is available on a free transfer this summer after his contract at the Etihad Stadium expired, and he has previously stated that he wants to remain in England.
West Ham supporters, the majority of which previously said they would sign Toure after his extraordinary proposal, have been quick to have their say on the Ivorian and Pellegrini via social media, and while one said a move is “nailed on if Pellegrini happens”, another said Pellegrini “would be a great appointment and I guarantee Yaya would follow”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
So if we get Pellegrini would Yaya join us I really hope so
— Shaun Dobbs (@ShaunDobbs1) May 18, 2018
I wonder if Pellegrini would bring Yaya with him..
— den vincent (@den_vincent) May 18, 2018
blir pellegrini! Får med seg yaya! Written in the stars!;)
— Kjetil Myrvold (@kjetil_myrvold) May 18, 2018
Yaya Toure is 33 and out of contract. Nailed on if Pellegrini happens.
— Vincent White (@Vincenzo_White) May 18, 2018
So who will Pellegrini bring with him?
— ⚒️ J ⚒️ (@hammerhead2009) May 18, 2018
That’s ok mate! A lot of people don’t know it has happened but was confirmed the other day! Anyway, I wouldn’t rule out Torres teaming up with Benitez as I wouldn’t Toure teaming up with Pellegrini again!!
— ⚽Stephen⚒Smith🏉 (@SuperSteve46) May 16, 2018
Would be a superb appointment and I guarantee Yaya will follow and be his sergeant.
— 💯©00[&th€9@ng🛵 (@coolandthegangs) May 17, 2018