Liverpool are ‘on the verge’ of signing Manchester City defender Kolo Toure, according to reports.

Sky Sports claims talks are at an advanced stage between the two parties, with Reds boss Brendan Rodgers ready to offer the Ivorian international a two-year deal at Anfield.

The Liverpool chief is eager to bolster his defensive options this summer, with veteran Jamie Carragher retiring and Uruguayan youngster Sebastian Coates yet to find top form on Merseyside.

Toure has plenty of experience to offer the Reds, but only featured 18 times for the Citizens last season after falling down the pecking order under manager Roberto Mancini.

Indeed, the emergence of Matija Nastasic alongside Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott meant opportunities were at a premium with this season's Premier League runners-up.

And, with the 32-year-old available on a free transfer because of his expiring contract at the Etihad Stadium, the move makes excellent financial sense for Liverpool.

Toure joined Manchester City in 2009, and was joined by his brother Yaya at the club the following summer.

But, having lifted both the FA Cup and Premier League in recent seasons, it appears his future may now be at Liverpool alongside the likes of Daniel Agger and Martin Skrtel.

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