Kolo Toure is in Glasgow for a medical ahead of his move to Celtic

Celtic should complete the signing of former Liverpool defender Kolo Toure on Saturday.

The 35-year-old worked under Brendan Rodgers at Anfield and comes in to provide much needed defensive cover.

If he passes a medical, he will be available for Wednesday’s Champions League qualifier against FC Astana.

Toure, who played 26 times for Liverpool last season, would become Celtic’s second summer signing after the arrival of Moussa Dembele.

The deadline for signings ahead of Wednesday’s third round Champions League qualifier was 21 July, but clubs are allowed one “wildcard” signing up to 24 hours before kick-off.

Toure, who has been capped 118 times by the Ivory Coast, arrived in British football at Arsenal in 2002, becoming part of the club’s famous “Invincibles” side who remained unbeaten en route to winning the 2004 Premier League title.

He joined Manchester City for £14m in 2009, winning another Premier League title in 2012, before Rodgers took him to Liverpool in 2013.

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Saido Berahino scored seven goals in all competitions last season

West Bromwich Albion have turned down £20m bids for striker Saido Berahino from Crystal Palace and Stoke City.

It is understood Palace’s bid for the 22-year-old was £20m plus £3m in add-ons, while Stoke’s offer was £17m up front with £3m in add-ons.

Berahino scored 20 goals in 2014-15 but struggled for form last season, scoring just four times in the league.

Palace are short of options up front after selling Dwight Gayle to Newcastle for £10m.


BBC Radio 5 live reporter Pat Murphy:

“Palace’s bid is more straightforward than the one from Stoke earlier this week.

“West Brom’s owner Jeremy Peace is determined to push the price up, reflecting the inflated market due to the new Premier League television deal.

“And they won’t sell until they’ve lined up a replacement for Berahino.”

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