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Wed 29 Jul 2009 09:15 PM

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Man City spending splurge continues

Abu Dhabi-owned Premiership club seals deal to bring Arsenal defender Kolo Toure to Eastlands.

Manchester City have signed Arsenal defender Kolo Toure for a reported £16 million.The 28-year-old, who was in Manchester for a medical on Wednesday, is said to have agreed a 4-year contract.Toure’s signing comes after City boss Mark Hughes failed to lure Chelsea defender John Terry to Eastlands last week. Hughes also had a £15 million bid for Everton defender Joleon Lescott rejected earlier this month.

Ivory Coast international Toure, who had been playing for Arsenal since 2002, was linked to City in January. Despite being unable to hold down a regular first team place with the Gunners at the time, Arsenal said he wasn’t for sale.

Toure played 326 games for the Gunners, scoring 14 goals, and had two years left on his contract at the Emirates Stadium.

The transfer season has been a busy one for City whose recent purchase of Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor for £25 million followed the capture of ex-Man Utd striker Carlos Tevez, striker Roque Santa Cruz from Blackburn and midfielder Gareth Barry from Aston Villa, for a combined £55 million.

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Max 10 years ago

It's good to see Arabian Business writing about something other than Al Fahim in it's sports pages.....