West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini targets Yaya Toure reunion

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 08 June 2018, 08:31

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini is keen to reunite with his former player Yaya Toure.

The Daily Mail reports that the Hammers have already opened up talks with the midfielder who is currently a free-agent.

Pellegrini and Toure helped Man City win the Premier League and a brace of League Cups between the period of 2013 and 2016.

Pellegrini then left to pave way for the in-coming Pep Guardiola, while Toure stayed on for another two years before announcing his Etihad exit last month.

The 34-year-old, who spent eight years and won seven trophies at City, has since stated his intent to stay on in England’s top flight:

"I love the challenge and the difficulty. Some fans were asking 'are you retiring?' I said no. I have, maybe, two more years at a high level."

Now Pellegrini wants to link up with the Ivorian once again, although the latter may have to take a significant pay cut - he was earning £220,000 a week at City.

The Irons are now the hot 1/3 favourites to sign Toure, who is priced at 16/1 to join Everton, while he’s available at 12/1 to head over to the MLS.

For the moment at least Toure will be focusing on Sunday’s Soccer Aid clash, which also features the likes of Usain Bolt, Mo Farah and Robbie Williams.

West Ham have of course already snapped up Ryan Fredericks on a free transfer from Fulham. The right-back, who last month won promotion to the Premier League, signed a four-year contract - starting from July - to become Pellegrini’s first signing at the London Stadium.

Meanwhile, West Ham Ladies have appointed Matt Beard as their new manager, and we’re a big fan of his presentation pictures. Check them out below:

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