x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 16 January 2018

Toure the latest to join City revolution

The centre-back has become Mark Hughes' sixth summer signing after completing a £16 million move from English Premier League rivals Arsenal.

Kolo Toure has become Manchester City's sixth summer signing after completing a £16 million (Dh96m) move from English Premier League rivals Arsenal. The club, owned by Sheikh Mansour, moved quickly for the defender after John Terry decided to remain with Chelsea. City are also poised to make a renewed bid for the England centre-back Joleon Lescott, currently at Everton, as they strengthen their defence further. Toure, 28, passed a medical on Wednesday night and has agreed terms on a four-year contract. After eight years at Arsenal, he becomes another important part of Mark Hughes's plans to helps his side challenge for honours in the forthcoming season. He joins his former Gunners teammate Emmanuel Adebayor at Eastlands and Hughes, the City manager, said: "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. "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." Despite City's defensive moves, City will not sell Nedum Onuoha. The England Under 21 international, a target for Everton to replace Lescott, has signed a new five-year contract. He said: "This is a great place for any young player to be. If you look at the recent history of the clubs that have won trophies they have all had a home-grown element. "Hopefully it will be the start of another good five years for me and for the club. We feel anything is possible. " But two of Onuoha's teammates are on the way out. The Brazilian midfielder Elano could be heading to Italy with AC and Inter Milan interested, while Valeri Bojinov is set to undergo a medical at Parma before joining on a season-long loan deal. With Adebayor, Carlos Tevez and Roque Santa Cruz on board, City have cleared the decks. Bojinov's departure follows Felipe Caicedo, who has joined Sporting Lisbon on loan, while Ched Evans has been sold to Sheffield United. akhan@thenational.ae