Kolo Toure’s Liverpool deal agreed ‘in priniciple’

Kolo ToureLiverpool say they have agreed a deal “in prinicple” to sign Man City defender Kolo Toure on July 1 his contract at the Etihad expires.

Toure will join the Reds on a free transfer when his deal at City comes to an end later this summer. Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is searching for new talent to try and mount a top-four Premier League challenge next season and the 32-year-old brings considerable defensive experience to his squad.

Toure, who joined Arsenal in 2002 and was part of their 2003-04 ‘Invincibles’ squad that won the title without losing a game, left the Emirates in 2009 to join City, where he then helped them win the Premier League in 2011-12.

A Liverpool statement read: “Liverpool Football Club can today announce they have agreed a deal in principal with Kolo Toure to join the club on July 1.
“The powerful defender will be registered as a Reds player when his current deal with Manchester City expires.”

Provided the centre-back passes a medical and there are no late hitches to the deal, he will become the first Ivory Coast international to play for the club and is likely to be among several new arrivals this summer as Rodgers attempts to strengthen and replace the recently-retired Jamie Carragher.

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