Liverpool closing in on Man City defender Toure

Liverpool have moved to sure up their defence following the retirement of Jamie Carragher by approaching experienced Manchester City defender Kolo Toure about a switch to Anfield, the Guardian has reported.

Toure’s contract with the former Premier League champions expires this summer and the 32-year-old has not been offered fresh terms, having fallen out of favour under former manager Roberto Mancini. Toure is keen to remain in English football – having joined Arsenal in 2002 – and, following his move to City in 2009, wants to stay in the North West.

A deal is understood to have been agreed between Liverpool and Toure, subject to a medical that will take place when Toure returns from Manchester City’s end-of-season tour to the United States. Toure is unlikely to be the only arrival in central defensive, the newspaper adds, with Sebastian Coates free to leave for the right price, although Martin Skrtel is expected to remain at the club.

Toure made more than 300 appearances for Arsenal, winning the Premier League title in 2003/04, and the FA Cup in 2003 and 2005. He also won the title with City in 2011/12 and the Cup in 2011, and has twice finished as a runner-up in the Africa Cup of Nations with the Ivory Coast, winning more than 100 caps.

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