West Ham have held talks with Yaya Toure but are reluctant to offer him a Premier League lifeline.
The Hammers were hoping to sign the Manchester City legend after his contract ran out this summer.
The 35-year-old has since launched an astonishing personal attack on City boss Pep Guardiola.
He accused the ex-Barcelona chief of having a problem with African players in a scathing blast of his character.
Now, West Ham have have all-but given up on offering Toure a deal, and extending his eight-year stay in England.
He has also held talks with other Premier League clubs, along with sides across Europe, China and the USA.
A Hammers source said: “Manuel Pellegrini might like him but Toure is perceived as by some others as having too much baggage.
“There are worries he might actually disrupt the dressing room and there is also little time for his agent.
“The comments about Guardiola have made them think twice, and they also wonder if he still has it in his legs.
“It would take a lot of convincing from the new manager, who is currently focused on a lot of other things.”
Toure has made it clear he wants to stay in England, as his family and children are settled here.
His agent Dmitri Seluk has even insisted his client would play for £1-a-week to stay in the Premier League.
However, it is understood he wants a huge signing-on fee and bonuses, which could take his package over £100,000-a-week.
Meanwhile, West Ham snapped-up Jack Wilshere on a free transfer on a three-year deal earlier this week.
The 26-year-old left Arsenal at the end of his contract, and joins the club he supported as a youngster.