Report: Liverpool defender lined up for shock move to Turkey

Kolo Toure Ivory Coast

Liverpool centre back Kolo Toure is reportedly a summmer transfer target for Turkish side Trabzonspor.

Toure, now 33, arrived in England from ASEC Misomas in his native Ivory Coast for just £150,000, as Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger took a gamble on the youngster. It took Toure a while to find his role as he flitted between defensive midfield and right back, but eventually he became a dominant centre back in North London, before being sold to Manchester City for £14m in 2009.

During Toure's time at the Etihad Stadium, it became clear that he was past his best, and injuries started to take their toll. Every season with the Blues, Toure's number of appearances declined, and in 2011 he was banned for six months for failing a drugs test. It was then no surprise when City allowed Toure to leave the club at the end of his contract in 2013, and he stayed in England as Brendan Rodgers looked to add some experience to young side.

Toure made just 24 appearances last season, and his impact was very minimal for the Reds. Now, with Rodgers looking to sign either Southampton's Dejan Lovren or Cardiff City's Steven Caulker, Toure could be the odd man out. Liverpool already have the likes of Martin Skrtel, Mamadou Sakho, Daniel Agger and Tiago Ilori, and adding another one to the mix would surely leave Toure with little future at Anfield.

It has now been revealed that Turkish outfit Trabzonspor are looking to bring Toure to the club, where he would link up with international team mate Sol Bamba, formerly of Leicester City. New manager Vahid Halihodzic, who coached Algeria at the World Cup, is reportedly looking to sign an experienced centre back ahead of the new season, and Toure is his top target.

It's unlikely, given Liverpool's current crop of centre backs and their pursuit of others, that they would stand in Toure's way if he did want to leave. His time at Anfield hasn't been outstanding by any stretch, and in fact, his time with the club will probably be remembered for this bizarre own goal against Fulham.

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