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West Ham given price in Toure pursuit

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West Ham will have to pay £12 million to land Nantes midfielder Abdoulaye Toure in January, according to Football Insider. 

The Hammers are understood to be keen on the 25-year-old, who is said to be attracting interest from a number of top European sides.

The report also suggests that the player’s agent, Mark Mackay, has been given a mandate to sell the Frenchman should any club show enough interest to lire him away from the side.

The big question here is clearly “is Toure worth that much?” The thing is, £12 million is nothing in this inflated market, so honestly, you’re going to struggle to recruit even a half-decent player for less than that. In fairness to Toure, he looks more than half-decent. The Frenchman seems to fit the bill of that energetic, box-to-box midfielder that the are craving perfectly. So far this term he has three goals from a defensive midfield berth, and has averaged 1.4 shots, and 1.2 successful dribbles per game, as per Whoscored. Moreover, he has managed 1.2 tackles and a pass completion rate of 85.9%. Now, none of those numbers are going to set any records, but the paint a picture of a well-rounded, complete midfielder. Given their lack of depth in that position, that’s just what Manuel Pellegrini’s boys need right now. At 6’1″, he won’t get bullied too much either, and if £12 million is his price, it could prove to be a sound investment.

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