QPR Desperate To Sign Manchester City Defender Kolo Toure

Hoops keen on Ivorian.

QPR boss Mark Hughes wants to sign unwanted Manchester City centre-back Kolo Toure in January, after the Ivorian failed to complete a move to Turkish outfit Galatasaray.

Toure had looked on the verge of joining the Istanbul giants but the move was not completed before the Turkish transfer window closed on Wednesday night.

The Ivorian is surplus to requirements at the Etihad and was left out of City’s Champions League squad, although the 31-year-old was included on the Champions’ 25-man Premier League list.

When in charge at Eastlands, Hughes signed Toure from Arsenal for £16m in 2009 and made the centre-half club captain – a title that was later handed to Carlos Tevez by new boss Roberto Mancini.

The Welshman is now desperate to be reunited with Toure, who he believes still has what it takes to be a force in the Premier League.

Hughes was keen to add an experienced centre-half to his squad before the close of the transfer window but missed out on Tottenham’s Michael Dawson and Real Madrid’s Ricardo Carvalho, resorting to an eleventh hour deal for Marseille stopper Stephane Mbia.

The Hoops’ boss still feels his side is vulnerable defensively, however, and will offer Toure big wages to move to Loftus Road in the new year.

Toure’s agent, Saif Rubie, insisted last week that his client is happy in Manchester but it is understood that Toure welcome to chance to play regular first team football for the R’s.

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