Liverpool confirm they have completed the signing of two-time Premier League winner Kolo Touré
Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Kolo Toure on a free transfer.
The central-defender has agreed to move to the Merseyside club once his contract with Manchester City expires, and is to becomes Liverpool’s first signing of the summer.
Liverpool released an official statement on twitter this afternoon claiming that “Liverpool Football Club can today announce they have agreed a deal in principal with Kolo Toure to join the club on July 1.”
The Anfield side has underachieved this term, despite an impressive end to the season, and manager Brendan Rogers is looking to tighten up a leaky defence before next season’s campaign.
The powerful centerback would add an element of strength and decisiveness at that back, something that has been lacking from Liverpool this season. Many fans will be glad to see the arrival of such a respected player at the club, particularly in the wake of fellow defender, and Kop favourite, Jamie Carragher’s retirement.
Toure has a wealth of Premier League experience, having already won the title both at Manchester City and previously with Arsenal, where he made 55 appearances in Arsene Wenger’s 2003-4 “Invincibles” side.
Man City paid £16m to sign Toure form the Gunners in July 2009 but has been something of a bit part player since returning from a six month ban for failing a drug test in March 2011, falling behind Vincent Kompany, Matija Nastasic and Joleon Lescott in the Etihad Stadium pecking order.