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Tuesday 28 May 2013

Liverpool agree deal to sign Kolo Toure

Ivorian defender to extend 11-year stay in Premier League after Man City contract ends

  • Kolo Toure made more than 80 appearances in the Barclays Premier League for Man City

  • At Arsenal he was part of the team who went the 2003/04 season unbeaten

Liverpool have announced that they have agreed a deal in principle for Kolo Toure to join on 1 July. The 32-year-old defender will move to Anfield when his present deal with Manchester City expires.

The Ivorian came to England in 2002, joining Arsenal, for whom he made his debut against Liverpool in the Community Shield. After shifting from a utility role in midfield or full-back to central defence Toure was part of Arsenal’s "Invincibles" who went unbeaten in winning the Barclays Premier League in 2003/04. In his seven seasons at Arsenal he played in 225 league matches.

Toure joined Manchester City in July 2009, where he became club captain. He won a second league title with City in the 2011/12 season and in total made 82 league appearances for the club.

He will add experience to Liverpool's defence after the departure through retirement of Jamie Carragher at the end of the season.

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Key Points

  • Liverpool agree deal in principle to sign Kolo Toure on free transfer
  • Ivory Coast defender to join on 1 July after contract with Manchester City ends
  • 32-year-old has won two titles during 11-year spell in Barclays Premier League