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Yaya Touré ‘in talks’ to join Manuel Pellegrini at West Ham after anti-Guardiola rant – report


Yaya Touré has opened talks with West Ham about a move that would reunite him with former Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini at the London Stadium, the Daily Mail reports.

Recent reports had indicated that Pellegrini wasn’t interested in the 35-year-old, instead targetting younger players, but this latest story claims Touré is ‘very keen’ to work with Pellegrini again and the feeling appears mutual.

Touré would have to accept a significant pay cut from what he has been earning at the Etihad Stadium, but given that he is out of contract at the end of June, that is expected.

The Hammers are said to be ‘confident’ that they can add the experience of Yaya to their squad, which Pellegrini is attempting to rebuild after a disappointing season.

Pellegrini is also working on a deal to sign the highly-rated Felipe Anderson from Lazio, while PSG midfielder Javier Pastore has been linked but his wage demands make any deal a challenge.

Touré has been in the headlines this week after an astonishing interview with France Football in which he made serious allegations about Pep Guardiola, suggesting Pep has an issue with African players, and accusing the Catalan coach of ruining his final season at City.

Kevin De Bruyne, Jerome Boateng and Joshua Kimmich have all jumped to Guardiola’s defence in the aftermath of Yaya’s comments, which have led to backlash from City fans, many of whom believe this interview has harmed the legacy he had built at the club.

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