In Focus: West Ham need to build for the future instead of targeting Toure

According to reports on The Telegraph, West Ham United’s owners are ready to back manager Slaven Bilic in the transfer market this summer and are eyeing up a move for Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure.

What’s the word, then?

Well, despite continued that speculation that Bilic would get the sack at the end of the season following a disappointing campaign, the Irons owners have no intention of getting rid of the Croatian and are aiming to make some big signings that will make a statement this summer.

One of the players they are said to be interested in is Toure, whose contract at the Etihad Stadium runs out at the end of the campaign.

The 33-year-old is yet to agree a new deal with the Citizens, and manager Pep Guardiola may feel it’s time to bring an end to his seven-year stint in Manchester.

Would West Ham be able to afford him?

As he could be available on a free transfer that wouldn’t be too much of a problem, but his wages could be.

The Ivory Coast international is understood to be on a huge amount of money at City and he would have to take a significant pay cut if he was to move to the London Stadium.

The interest does suggest that the club hasn’t learnt from his previous mistakes, as it is hardly a signing for the future.

Where would he fit in?

The 33-year-old has perhaps played his most effective football as a box-to-box or attacking midfielder over the years, but he has often played a deeper role in recent seasons as he gets older.

Depending on what formation Bilic intends to play next season – the 3-4-3 system seems to have been a success in recent weeks – Toure could play a more attacking role alongside a defensive midfielder in the centre of the pitch.

He would certainly add some goals from there too, and that is something that the Irons need to take the pressure off of the strikers and Michail Antonio.

Would he want to move to West Ham?

If he wants to stay in the Premier League, then yes he probably would.

Because of his age he certainly isn’t going to have a pick of the top clubs and the Irons would likely be one of the biggest sides that would be interested in him.