Toure to join Liverpool

Liverpool have secured the services of Manchester City’s Kolo Toure.

Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Liverpool has moved swiftly to replace the retiring Jamie Carragher after they have agreed to sign Manchester City defender Kolo Toure.

 

The Ivorian defender will move to Liverpool on a free transfer officially on July 1, when his contract with Manchester City expires.

 

Toure moved to Manchester City from Arsenal in 2009 and has struggled to break into the side this season, with former manager Roberto Mancini preferring Vincent Kompany and Matija Nastasic in the heart of Manchester City’s defence.

 

The 32 year old brings a wealth of experience to Liverpool having appeared in over 300 Premier League matches while he also has 103 appearances at international level with the Ivory Coast.

 

Toure was a member of Arsenal’s “Invincibles” squad who went the entire 2003-04 season unbeaten in the Premier League.

 

During his time with Arsenal, Toure also won the FA Cup on two occasions before going on to win the 2011-12 Premier League title with Manchester City.

 

Unfortunately, due to a failed drugs test in March 2011, Toure was suspended for six months and subsequently missed City’s 2011 FA Cup final win over Stoke City.

 

Written by Tom Staggard

 

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