Kolo Toure could follow Steven Gerrard to MLS after Red Bulls offer

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Liverpool fans were the latest to discover the growing allure of Major League Soccer when, earlier this year, talisman Steven Gerrard confirmed his plans to sign for the Los Angeles Galaxy.

The exodus to America from Anfield may not end there though it seems.

Another heading for the exit?

Reports this weekend claim that the current Liverpool captain could be joined in plying his trade across the pond by another high profile teammate after one of MLS's most in-form teams made an offer.

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According to The Mirror, veteran defender Kolo Toure is the subject of interest from the New York Red Bulls - Thierry Henry's former employers reportedly having offered him a two-year deal.

The Ivorian's current £60,000-per-week Liverpool contract comes to an end at the end of this season although the club are supposedly keen on keeping him on their books through 2015-16.

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The former Manchester City and Arsenal defender has struggled for consistent playing time under Brendan Rodgers this season - appearing in only 11 EPL games this season - and it is this, plus the fact Toure would prefer a two-year contract, that could see him follow Gerrard out the exit door.

Despite his lack of playing time this campaign Kolo Toure remains one of the most experienced players on a young Liverpool team. Having lifted the title twice during his time in England he is certainly a useful player to have in the squad.

The same Mirror report quotes a source close to the situation as saying:

"New York Red Bulls have made an approach for Kolo. Once the time comes, we will decide what is best for him.”

MLS move

The New York Red Bulls are no strangers to welcoming former stars of the English game. As well as Thierry Henry, the Big Apple franchise have, until recently, called upon the services of former Everton man Tim Cahil.

Should they be able to snag Kolo Toure it would be a further sign that the North American league as a whole is growing in stature.

Gerrard of course will join Frank Lampard in joining the 2015 MLS season late, while David Villa and Kaka are already turning out for New York City FC and Orlando City respectively.

Liverpool fans: Is Kolo Toure needed anymore at Anfield, or is it time to cut ties? Let us know in the comments section below...

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