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.

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