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Tuesday 02 July 2013

Hull seal deal for goalkeeper McGregor

31-year-old excited about playing in Barclays Premier League; Kolo Toure moves to Liverpool

Allan McGregor in World Cup qualifying action for Scotland against Wales in March

Hull City have completed the signing of Scotland goalkeeper Allan McGregor from Turkish Super Lig side Besiktas for an undisclosed fee, subject to international clearance.

"This is a great chance for me to play in the Premier League and I’m looking forward to the season ahead"
Allan McGregor

The 31-year-old, who has been capped 29 times by his country, joins the newly promoted Barclays Premier League club on a three-year deal, following a 12-month stay in Turkey.

McGregor, who made over 200 appearances for Scottish Premier League side Rangers between 2001 and 2012 and turned out on 26 occasions for Besiktas in the Turkish top flight last term, is looking forward to playing in the Barclays Premier League for the first time with the Tigers.

“I’m really excited to be here and I’m happy that everything is done now,” McGregor told the club's website. “I can’t wait to get started here. This is a great chance for me to play in the Premier League and I’m looking forward to the season ahead.”

McGregor becomes Hull’s fifth signing of the summer after the transfers of George Boyd, Maynor Figueroa, Curtis Davies and Ahmed Elmohamady, while Liam Rosenior and James Chester have both signed new contracts.

He will meet up with his new team-mates for the first time later this week when pre-season training gets under way.

Kolo Toure arrives at Anfield

Kolo Toure’s move from Liverpool to Manchester City became official today as the 32-year-old defender arrived at Melwood training ground to put pen to paper on his contract.

"It was important for me to stay in England because it's the best league"
Kolo Toure

The former Arsenal centre-back, who is Liverpool's fourth signing of the summerr, after Luis Alberto, Iago Aspas and Simon Mignolet, was delighted to formalise the deal.

"This means a lot to me,” the 32-year-old told the club’s website. “Firstly, I'm joining one of the best clubs in England. When I left City it was important for me to stay in England because it's the best league – and to join Liverpool is massive for me.

"I chose Liverpool because of the history and because of the spirit of the team and the people here."

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 won a second league title with City in the 2011/12 season and made a total of 82 league appearances for the club.

The former City captain will add experience to Liverpool's defence after theretirement of Jamie Carragher at the end of last season, and will wear the No 4 shirt.

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Key Points

  • Allan McGregor joins Hull City from Besiktas for undisclosed fee
  • 31-year-old Scotland goalkeeper agrees three-year-deal with club
  • Kolo Toure's move from Manchester City to Liverpool is confirmed