Liverpool defender 'on the verge' of switch to Turkey - report

Kolo Toure Ivory Coast

According to reports in Turkey today, Liverpool centre back Kolo Toure is on the verge of a move to Trabzonspor.

The Reds' capitulation from 3-0 up at Crystal Palace to draw 3-3 at the end of last season ultimately cost them the title, and ever since that night at Selhurst Park, fans have been looking for manager Brendan Rodgers to improve a defence that looked shaky throughout the campaign. Yet so far, Rodgers has signed midfielder Emre Can (Bayer Leverkusen), playmaker Adam Lallana, striker Rickie Lambert (both Southampton) and winger Lazar Markovic (Benfica).

The focus on attack is furthered with the pursuit of centre forwards Loic Remy and Divock Origi, as well as winger Zakaria Bakkali. The departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona has dictated what Rodgers has been able to do so far, but with more and more attacking players being signed up, you have to believe that his attention will soon turn to sorting out his leaky defence.

Southampton's Dejan Lovren is clearly Liverpool's primary target at centre back, and Rodgers will also have Daniel Agger, Tiago Ilori, Mamadou Sakho and Martin Skrtel at his disposal - which makes for grim reading for former Arsenal and Manchester City centre half Toure.

The 33-year-old, who joined Liverpool on a free transfer a year ago, started just 15 Premier League games for Liverpool last season, and he famously dropped clangers against both Fulham and West Bromwich Albion, becoming a figure of hilarity amongst Reds fans for his constant errors.

Therefore, it's no surprise to see that, with Lovren targeted, Toure looks to be on his way out of Anfield. Trabzonspor had been credited with an interest last week, and according to Lig TV, Toure is now 'on the verge' of signing for Vahid Halihodzic's side. The new manager, who arrived this summer having been in charge of Algeria at the World Cup, worked with Toure when he was Ivory Coast manager from 2008 to 2010, and sees the experienced centre back as the man to help his defence ahead of the new season.

With Liverpool needing players with more quality than Toure, it's no surprise that he looks set to move on - and few around Anfield will miss the Ivorian international and his blunders.

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