Toure Set For Anfield Medical As Rodgers Eyes £19m-Rated Schalke Ace

By on May 21, 2013

With the summer transfer window set to re-open, there is plenty of gossip doing the rounds in the newspapers so we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest transfer rumours. Today, Liverpool are closing in on Kolo Toure.

Kolo Toure is set to have a medical at Liverpool once he returns from Manchester City’s tour of the US as Brendan Rodgers plans to re-shape his defensive options this summer, according to the Daily Mail.

Jamie Carragher retired from football on Sunday leaving a huge hole to be filled in the Reds squad and it appears Rodgers has decided he needs an experienced head to replace the long-serving centre-back and is on the verge of signing free agent Toure from City.

The 32-year-old Ivorian is out-of-contract at the Etihad next month and has not been offered an extension after falling down the pecking order this season. The Mail claim he wants to remain in the Premier League, preferably in the north West where he and his family are settled, and Liverpool have offered him the perfect opportunity to do so.

The newspaper suggests a deal has been agreed and Toure will undergo a medical when he returns from Manchester City’s end-of-season tour of the United States, where they’re due to play Chelsea in a friendly on Saturday night.

Toure may not be the only defensive addition at Anfield this summer with doubts continuing over the future’s of Martin Skrtel and Sebastian Coates. Should either leave, the Mail claim Rodgers is eyeing a move for Schalke’s Kyriakos Papadopoulos, who’s rated at £19m by the German outfit, while Ajax’s Toby Alderweireld and Sporting Lisbon’s Tiago Ilori are also under consideration.

While some Liverpool fans may question the signing of Toure, it could prove to be an astute move by Rodgers. I’m not convinced he’ll be coming in to be a first team regular and losing a player of Carragher’s experience in the dressing room will be a big blow, so Toure could replace the Reds legend in this respect while also being a useful squad player.

If Skrtel stays, he may find himself back alongside Daniel Agger next year at the heart of the defence but if the Slovakian moves on, I’d expect Rodgers to bring in a new first team centre-back and Papadopoulos appears to be a prime target.

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What do Liverpool fans make of the proposed signing of Toure? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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19 Comments

  1. askan dejagah #ffc

    May 21, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    great top class lad. high premerier league status with two premiership titles. reckon a good signing for Liverpool wouldnt mind him at fulham fc however to partner hangeland

  2. vincent ben

    May 21, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    for a free transfer? great one BR atleast backup incaseof injury up liverpool YNWA.

  3. emmanuel

    May 21, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Signing kolo toure is a stupid idea by Rogers

  4. Ezechukwu

    May 21, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Who said signing Kolo Ture is stopid? One thing you people dont know is all bout determination on the pitch,secondly expirence,Kolo fit the bill, Thanks.

  5. Yaxin

    May 21, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    Dnt be dumb hes a free agent we lose nothing by hm comin n ofcoz br wil sign another defender

  6. Pras

    May 21, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    Get rid off skrtel absolute liability to the team scores a goal on the opening day then a shotty back pass. He seems so slow on the ball and has no passion or drive unlike Carragher.

    • L4

      May 22, 2013 at 5:51 am

      True pras! but he should be able to improve with competition..he works hard and has a a good partnership with Agger! Would want to c him for at least 1 more season!

  7. George Hardaker

    May 22, 2013 at 12:40 am

    He is not free in the real sense of the word he will get paid a fee,not the club,then money will be added to his wages over the length of his contract until the agreed money is fully paid, so not free really is it? i ‘m not sure about this TBH first impression was “bad move” but reading lots of pages and opinions i may be wrong anyway will support whatever the club decide.

  8. L4

    May 22, 2013 at 5:47 am

    Nice! Experienced. Just needs to keep fit and he will be a good member to the squad. Nice BR! Will have players to rotate! I really hope Martin Kelly will get good playing time to improve. want to c him at CB. We need to believe in the English talents! YNWA

  9. Adejo anfield Faithful

    May 22, 2013 at 6:39 am

    Any fan that says liverpool should get rid of Martin Skrtel doesnt know anything about Football, what is happening to skrtel is lose of form, with time he would come back to his best, as for Toure, he is coming to be a back up incase of injuries or to play FA or carling Cup.

  10. Nunez Eric

    May 22, 2013 at 7:22 am

    @George, ‘are u d 1 2 spend ur money on Toure?.. 4 God sake he’s jst a backup incase of any injury prem..

  11. Zanz Kedah

    May 22, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Kolo Toure and Ashley William is not the best solution to be taken.I’m worried that he could not fit.Always and easy to get injured.Not good decision from B.Rodgers.Toure always get red card.

  12. chukwu kingsley

    May 22, 2013 at 9:09 am

    yea kolo toure is good in dat central defence atleast he can stay for 3season bt we nef more defendes like kompany or cahill

  13. oloyajeff

    May 22, 2013 at 9:20 am

    To me its not that a big deal although liverpool must buy a more competent defender who can be relied on all the time,Toure can also help in some cases but he is also aging which means he is prone to injuries,as i said we need a more reliable defender,thanks.

  14. Emeka Chris

    May 22, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Toure is 2 slogish in d pitch,we have 2 give him some time he wil pick up.

  15. willy d'gaffer

    May 22, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    An experienced defender, guess BR ‘ll add one more defender. Play kelly at the CB, one DM, a sharp winger who can contribute more goals. Rotate the young lads and we are good to go. Top4 sopt here we come

  16. axwel

    May 22, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Omg how is he not great signing u morons?!? He is gonna get Carra-s wages and we are getting strong CB and thats what we need!! Add Papadopulos and Begovic to that and we are done with defencive problems!!

  17. nigel honeyman

    May 23, 2013 at 12:19 am

    sell downing and buy arda turan please

  18. Abbey

    May 23, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    If kolo is a good player man city wil opend new contracl for him.br to shw new player dan kolo

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