Kolo Toure

Liverpool have “agreed a deal in principle” to sign Kolo Toure when his Manchester City contract expires on July 1st.

The Ivory Coast international (103 caps) centre-back will join the Anfield club on a free transfer.

Toure, 32, brings a wealth of experience to the Reds having won two Premier League titles in a decade of top-flight English football, once at Arsenal (2003-2004) and once at Manchester City (2011-2012). His time at both clubs saw him win a further three FA Cups and three Community Shield trophies.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has moved particularly quickly to bring in his first signing of the summer, and Toure could be seen as an ideal replacement for the retiring veteran Jamie Carragher and doubts over Martin Skrtel and Sebastian Coates’ future situation on-going. Perhaps Rodgers is also mindful that last year a failure to act swiftly to bring in a striker after Andy Carroll’s departure on loan to West Ham United (a move for Fulham’s Clint Dempsey broke down over a transfer valuation and he joined Tottenham Hotspur instead) left them with a whole up front that they didn’t fill until Rodgers signed Daniel Sturridge in January.


source – teamtalk

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This article was first posted on May 28, 2013