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Toure on board as Rodgers plans spree

Liverpool have agreed the free transfer of defender Kolo Toure from Manchester City after the Ivorian underwent a medical at the club's training ground.

Toure spent Monday on Merseyside concluding the formalities of a two-year deal after returning from City's post-season tour of the US.

The 32-year-old will be the first Liverpool signing of the summer, although he cannot technically register for his new club until July 1.

Brendan Rodgers has been seeking to stiffen his defence following the retirement of Jamie Carragher.

However Toure is not Liverpool's first-choice defensive recruit. The club have been in negotiations with German side Schalke for Kyriakos Papadopoulos for a £12m transfer.

Rodgers does not believe his transfer targets compel him to sell to raise funds.

"I've been given assurances that most of what we want to do this summer we're going to be able to do," Rodgers said. "I speak regularly with the owners and they're very aware we need to strengthen and improve. I'd hope we want to get work done as quick as we possibly can."

There is potential for a hectic summer transfer window at Anfield, with Liverpool prepared to listen to offers for many players.

Martin Skrtel and Stewart Downing can go for the right price, while an offer in excess of £10m for goalkeeper Pepe Reina from Barcelona could take him back to La Liga.

Having taken over at Napoli, there are suggestions in Italy that Rafael Benitez will target Lucas Leiva, but it would take a huge offer for Rodgers to sell the Brazilian. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent