Kolo Toure to join Liverpool from Man City on a free transfer

Liverpool agree a deal to sign Kolo Toure when the defender's Manchester City contract expires on 1 July

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Kolo Toure has been capped 103 times by Ivory Coast Photo: Ailura/Wikimedia

Liverpool have agreed a deal to sign Kolo Toure when the defender’s Manchester City contract expires this summer.

The 32-year-old Ivorian will move to Anfield on 1 July on a free transfer after spending four years at the Etihad Stadium.

In a statement, the Reds described the defender as “boasting a wealth of experience” and said the signing will “add depth to Brendan Rodgers’ defensive ranks ahead of 2013-14”.

The length of Toure’s Liverpool contract was not disclosed.

Toure, who joined City from Arsenal in 2009, won the Premier League title and FA Cup after making more 100 appearances for the Citizens.

The defender, who will become the first Ivorian to play for Liverpool, previously won three major trophies with Arsenal, playing in over 325 games for the north Londoners between 2002 and 2009.

Toure has been capped 103 times by Ivory Coast, scoring six goals for his national side.

Manchester City posted a tribute to Toure on the club’s Twitter account following news of the deal. It read: “KOLO TOURE: Congratulations and good luck to the former City skipper who has agreed to join @LFC on July 1st #mcfc”

Toure made his first-ever Arsenal appearance against Liverpool in the FA Community Shield in 2002.

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