Liverpool “close to signing” Man City’s Kolo Toure

kolotoureLiverpool are set to make a move to sign Manchester City defender Kolo Toure on a free transfer this summer, according to several media outlets tonight, including Sky Sports.

The 32-year-old is out of contract at the Ethiad Stadium this summer and could be a solid, experienced replacement for Jamie Carragher, who retired yesterday following a 16-year career at Liverpool.

Sky Sports report tonight:

Toure is out of contract at City this summer and it is unlikely he will be offered a new deal to extend his stay at the Etihad Stadium.

The former Arsenal man lost his place to Matija Nastasic in the City side this season, making 17 appearances.

Previous to his move to City in 2009, Toure made 225 league appearances for Arsenal, winning the Premier League title twice in 2003 and 2005.

The Guardian also reports the news tonight, saying the Ivorian international is “close” to a move to Anfield:

Touré wants to stay in English football, ideally in the north-west where his children are settled at school, and has been offered the ideal solution by Rodgers.

Toure made over 300 appearances for Arsenal, where he won the Premier League in 2004, before moving to City in 2009. With two League titles and three FA Cup successes to his name, Toure would certainly provide winning experience.

If Liverpool could add another centre back as a partner to Daniel Agger, with Toure and Martin Kelly providing cover, it would certainly be productive business.

Would you welcome Toure at Liverpool? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter @thisisanfield.

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  • Daryl

    I’ll echo all the other comments so long as his wages aren’t too high

  • http://www.facebook.com/matt.scahill Matt Scahill

    Makes sense given the BR line recently that we are looking to bring in players with a winning mentality, that may not be the best players on the market.

    I’d be happy with this if true as it would help solve the issues we have had with big, strong, centre forwards this year.

  • Darryl W

    He’d add experience, plus he’s a winner, he’s won the PL title, which is more than any other LFC player (with the possible exception of Daniel Sturridge), yes he may only give us a year, but then again he may be of use for 3 or more seasons (depending on the length of contract given to him and his fitness levels etc), all this assuming of course that he does sign for us, but we could well face competition.

    Until/unless he signs then we’ll know more then, we desperately need leadership at the back and Toure fits the bill perfectly.

  • BCLFC

    I’d take him but not on huge wages. I’d reckon £35-45k a week would be reasonable amount.

  • Rederik

    Why rush in we can get a lot better than Toure, probably for less

  • Viewpoint_X

    It sounds like we’re back to the Hicks and Gilltt era where we are picking up free transfers from clubs above us and scraping the bottom of the barrell. He’s really not a long term option.However, it’s early in the summer and a lot of other transfers have yet to be made and of course this is still only gossip. Also, we don’t know what part this one player is going to play. On the other hand his experience and leadership qualities are excellent.

  • Martin

    If he comes on a free,& his wages are affordable ok,he could be just what the doctor ordered & mentor to our younger players like Kelly .Wisdom & possibly a new c/b,We would be getting a winning mentality & experience that big money spend cant guarantee.

  • paul mac

    he will spend his time at anfield scoffing his face with Gregg’s pasties! have you seen the size of him lately? wtf? the expression “too much junk in the trunk” springs to mind!