Defender poised for Anfield exit

Liverpool defender Kolo Toure will finalise a move to Turkish club Trabzonspor next week, according to the Metro.

The Ivory Coast international only joined the Reds a year ago on a free transfer from Manchester City, and managed 20 appearances last season as Brendan Rodgers side came agonisngly close to a first Premier League title.

Rodgers had previously spoken of Toure’s leadership skills and experience being crucial for Liverpool this season, so the news the Reds have accepted a bid of £1.6million has come as something of a surprise.

The Reds are well stocked for centre backs, with Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger, Mamadou Sakho, Sebastian Coates, and £20million summer signing Dejan Lovren on the books.

Vice-captain Daniel Agger appeared the most likely of those to make way, with Barcelona and Arsenal both showing an interest in the Danish international.

However, reports in Turkey suggest Toure will finalise his switch next week, after meeting with Trabzonspor boss Halihodzic.

Should the move go through as expected, it will bring an end to Toure’s Premier League career which has lasted more than a decade, and seen the 33-year-old win the Premier League title with both Arsenal and Manchester City.