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Transfer Update: Yaya Toure

Yaya Toure has been without a club since November 2018, but is now reportedly close to joining a new team, and could soon face a Bafana Bafana international in league action.

Click through the mini-gallery above to see images of Toure's much-celebrated China arrival and him in training.

The former Manchester City and FC Barcelona midfielder was last on the books of Olympiacos after joining the Greek side for a second time following his departure from City. However, his return lasted a mere three months, and he has been a free agent since.

In May, his agent Dimitri Seluk even suggested that he could retire from the game but Toure ruled that out a few days later.

With reports linking the 36-year-old with a move to Chinese side Qingdao Huanghai, he is now believed to be close to agreeing a deal with the second-tier side.

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According to the Daily Mail, Toure has been training with Huanghai and could start playing for them soon, with league action in China's second tier running until November.

His imminent China move comes in contradiction to comments made by the four-time African Player of the Year two years ago that he would not move to the Far East.

"Me? No. I'm still looking young, right? I want to play in Europe, especially in England. I want to continue doing that for a few years yet. I always say that if I went to China, I would end up feeling angry there," Toure told The Telegraph in January 2017, when he was first linked with a big-money move to China.

"Do you play football because you love football or do you play because you want to make money? Me, I just want to play football because I enjoy it. I love playing. I enjoy helping my teammates, I enjoy playing against the big players and teams."

Read: 14 Afcon 2019 Stars Who Were Not Born In Africa

Should the Ivorian join the China League One club, he could lock horns with Bafana Bafana striker Dino Ndlovu, who plays for Zhejiang Greentown but was not selected for Stuart Baxter's 2019 Africa Cup of Nations squad.

Huanghai currently lead the League One table, while Ndlovu's Greentown are in third place.

Do you think any of the big South African clubs should have a go at signing Toure? Have your say in the comments section below.

 

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