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Liverpool Land Toure

Liverpool have announced that they have agreed a deal in principle with Kolo Toure to join the club at the start of July.

The defender sees his current deal with Manchester City come to an end and after seeing limited first-team action recently, he has decided to continue his career at Anfield.

Toure was one City's big signings when they splashed out on revamping the squad a few years ago and bring a wealth of experience to the Reds.

A statement on the club's official site read, in part, "Liverpool Football Club can today announce they have agreed a deal in principle with Kolo Toure to join the club on July 1.

"The powerful defender will be registered as a Reds player when his current deal with Manchester City expires.

"Toure, 32, will arrive at Anfield boasting a wealth of experience having represented both City and Arsenal in the Barclays Premier League since switching to English football in 2002.

"Originally deployed in midfield or at full-back, Toure was moved to centre-back for the 2003-04 season and helped Arsenal go the entire league season unbeaten as they swept to the title, adding to the FA Cup they'd lifted the previous season.

"He added a second FA Cup medal in 2005, while a year later he was part of the Arsenal side that reached the Champions League final against Barcelona having scored the only goal of the two-legged semi-final with Villarreal.

"After more than 200 appearances for the Londoners, Toure was firmly established as one of the finest centre-backs in the league - and Manchester City duly swooped to sign him in the summer of 2009 and immediately appointed him club captain.

"During his four years at Eastlands, he lifted another Premier League title and FA Cup in over 100 appearances for City.

"On the international stage, Toure has represented the Ivory Coast at two African Cup of Nations tournaments and two World Cup finals. He has more than a century of caps for his country, for whom he has also worn the skipper's armband.

"He'll become the first Ivorian to play for Liverpool when he joins the club."

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