35 year-old Liverpool defender Kolo Toure, who played 332 times for Arsenal in the prime of his career, has been released by Liverpool and is now a free agent.
He signed for Liverpool three years ago and played only 71 times for the Reds but he is still a good players and certainly extremely experienced and maybe on that Rafa Benitez is thinking of bringing to Newcastle for a couple of years.
Kolo Toure – free agent now
Toure played 26 times for Liverpool last season and he played well, especially in the Europa League and put in some top class performances.
He finished the season as the first choice Liverpool center-back and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp thought of offering him a coaching role but Kolo wants to keep playing.
He may be getting on in years but he uses all his guile and experience at center-back and he can also play at full back too.
The importance of Toure at Newcastle could be his experience, leadership and his professionalism; a number of our young defenders could learn from the player who has 118 caps for the Ivory Coast.
Kolo is also a winner and while at Arsenal he was one of the best defenders in the world, and he showed last season he can still perform at the highest level.
Because of his good play last season there are some big clubs after him, including Monaco in France, who can offer him a big wage and European football, so even if Newcastle want him it could be difficult for Rafa Benitez to get him to Tyneside.
Mike Ashley doesn’t like to pay big wages for former top players and Sol Campbell was a disaster at Newcastle in the 2010-2011 season, when then manager Chris Hughton persuaded the owner that Sol would be a good free agent acquisition, even at £40K/week.
But Ashley doesn’t control who comes in any more – it’s completely up to Rafa Benitez – and if he thinks Kolo Toure is the right man for the Magpies for a couple of years – then he will sign him.
Another defender released by Liverpool – as expected – is our former left back Jose Enrique, who is now 30 and has been at Liverpool for five years.
We tried to buy him in January.
He’s Spanish so maybe Rafa thinks he could get the best out of him back at Newcastle?
What do you think?