Kolo Toure joins Manchester City for £14m

Kolo Toure has completed his move from Arsenal to Manchester City after putting pen to paper on a four-year deal believed to be worth somewhere in the region of £14m.

The Ivory Coast international becomes the second Arsenal player to move to Eastlands this summer after Emmanuel Adebayor and the deal will see the defender earn more than £100,000 per week.

City boss Mark Hughes hailed the club's latest arrival: "I am delighted to welcome Kolo to Manchester City. It is no secret that we have been looking to strengthen our defence, and in Kolo I feel we have recruited a world class player. He brings a wealth of Premier League experience from his seven seasons with Arsenal."

Hughes continued: "Kolo has been a central figure in a very strong Arsenal team for many years, and I have been an admirer of him for a long time. He is strong, quick, reads the game well and will be an influential figure in the dressing room."

Toure becomes the sixth player to join the Premier League's big spenders this summer following the arrival of Roque Santa Cruz, Gareth Barry, Carlos Tevez and Stuart Taylor. Elsewhere City's Bulgarian striker Valeri Bojinov looks set to join Italian side Parma on a season-long loan deal.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has claimed that the Gunners won't miss Toure: "We have seven centre-backs, and I am in the position where I have to play some in midfield. Of course, Kolo is a very good player – we will see what will happen in the next 24 hours."

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