Agent Dimitri Seluk has told Sport24 in his native Russia that West Ham United simply aren't good enough to attract a player like Yaya Toure.
The Hammers were busy over the summer, bringing in 10 new signings to boost Manuel Pellegrini's squad, but their business hasn't exactly worked so far.
With four defeats in four Premier League games, including Saturday's gutting 1-0 home defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers, West Ham are winless under Pellegrini.
One of the key problems has been in midfield, as West Ham look pedestrian in the middle of the park – and one name floated to solve the problem was Yaya Toure.
A free agent having been released by Manchester City at the end of last season, Toure worked with Pellegrini at the Etihad Stadium, so a reunion was touted.
The Ivorian, 35, may have won plenty of trophies; the Premier League, FA Cup, La Liga and the Champions League, but whether he would really provide the energy that West Ham need in midfield is another matter.
Now, Toure has moved on and found a new club, returning to Olympiakos in Greece, but his agent has now addressed the talk of a move to West Ham over the summer.
Dimitri Seluk has told Sport24 in his native Russia that Toure would have found it difficult to play for another Premier League club after such a successful stint with City, whilst adding that West Ham simply aren't good enough for his client.
“Now about England. As I wrote on Twitter, Yaya recently became a citizen of Great Britain. His stay in Manchester City is still so fresh in the memory that it would be difficult to move to some other club,” said Seluk.
“I would paraphrase the quote from The Three Musketeers, spoken by Athos. “Maybe West Ham is a good club for an African boy, but it's not enough for Yaya Toure,” he added.