Friday Dec 14, 2018. 17:15
West Ham United head coach Manuel Pellegrini has cooled talk linking Yaya Toure with a move to the London club.
The 35-year-old is a free agent after parting company with Olympiacos earlier this week, a mere few months after rejoining the club following his exit from Manchester City after eight years.
Toure was linked with a move to the Hammers following the expiry of his contract at the Etihad, but eventually moved back to Greece.
Several Chinese Super League and MLS clubs are said to be chasing the former Ivory Coast international's signature, but Toure seems eager to remain in Europe for the time being.
Pellegrini, though, has dismissed rumours linking him with a move to West Ham, stating that signing the former Barcelona man is not a priority as they have adequate cover in his position.
"I spoke with Yaya at the beginning of the season. Yaya is a great player, a top player that plays in every part of the role," Pellegrini said as per Sky Sports News.
"I don't know what happened with him in Greece. But in this moment we are just thinking about the next game that we are going to play and I don't want to talk until the end of December about the window and which players that we need.
"At this moment, I cannot answer your question. It's not a priority as in that position we already have players."