Manuel Pellegrini has revealed he turned down the chance to sign Yaya Toure for West Ham.
The player’s agent scoffed at reports the former Manchester City star was set to join the Hammers this week, insisting: “He would never join a bottom-of-the-table club.”
But West Ham boss Pellegrini, who managed 35-year-old Toure at City, said: “I spoke with Yaya.
“He received offer from China but he told me he wanted to stay here in England.
“I explained to Yaya why he could not come here. He wanted to.
“But unfortunately that position was covered here.”
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Toure’s agent Dimitry Seluk claimed Toure had passed a medical in London on Tuesday and quickly moved to shoot down rumours the Hammers were the club.
He even tweeted a graphic showing his client at “every London club”, with Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Fulham and Watford included but not West Ham.
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Seluk has taken to Twitter to confirm that Toure had been granted UK citizenship and hint at his next club.
He tweeted: “It’s a football club that played against Burnley in August.”
Olympiakos have been strongly linked with a move and the Greek outfit are due to take on the Clarets tonight in a crunch Europa League qualifier, holding a 3-1 advantage from the first leg.