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Toure Closes in on Turkish Transfer

After rumours of interest earlier in the summer, the Trabzonspor's president has confirmed that Kolo Toure will soon complete a transfer to the Turkish club.

Mike Hewitt

Following news that Martin Kelly was on his way to Crystal Palace for a fee of £1.5-2M, another Liverpool defender heads closer to the exit door. This time it's Kolo Toure, as rumours of interest by Trabzonspor earlier in the summer have quickly solidified this week, with the Turkish club's president confident of a deal getting done shortly.

We are building the type of squad which we promised to the fans," said president Ibrahim Haciosmanolu when asked by reporters in Turkey about their summer business in general and rumours linking Trabzonspor to the veteran Cote d'Ivoire centre half in particular. "We have agree to terms with Kolo Toure and we will bring him to the club."

The fee is, as with Kelly, believed to be in the £1.5-2M range, which is an unexpected profit for a player signed on a free last summer and who most assumed would stay at Liverpool for the duration of his two year contract before leaving on a free next summer. The defender made 24 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions last season.

With his departure and Tiago Ilori likely to be loaned, Liverpool's centre half situation begins to clear. With Dejan Lovren, Martin Skrtel, and Mamadou Sakho seeming locks to head into the coming season as the club's top three, the only question left seems to be which of Daniel Agger and Sebastian Coates end up fourth centre half on the depth chart.

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