Kolo Toure hopeful of completing Galatasaray move

The 31-year-old Ivorian centre-back has been pushed down the pecking order at Manchester City and following the arrival of Matija Nastasic is seeking a move to Turkey
By Greg Stobart

Manchester City defender Kolo Toure is hopeful of completing a move to Galatasaray before the Turkish transfer window closes on Wednesday, Goal.com understands.

The former Arsenal defender, who joined the Premier League champions in €15 million deal back in 2009, but with Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott forming Roberto Mancini’s first-choice central defensive partnership, the Ivory Coast international has seen his first team involvement limited.

Toure started the 2-2 draw at Anfield last month but has fallen further down the pecking order following the deadline day arrival of Matija Nastasic from Fiorentina and is keen to link-up with his former Arsenal team-mate Emmanuel Eboue at the Turkish giants.

On his chances of recruiting Toure, Galatasary coach Fatih Terim said on Sunday: “We have to bring someone. Obviously, a defender.

“We're interested in Kolo Toure from Manchester City. We can ask help from Eboue if we need. We have to complete this transfer before Champions League list deadline."

All clubs competing in the group stages of Europe’s premier club competition must submit their 25-man squads on Monday.