Transfer Roundup: Kolo Toure in Scotland for medical; Swansea to challenge Stoke for Allen’s signature

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Liverpool allowed Kolo Toure to leave the club once his contract expired at the beginning of the transfer window. The Ivorian brought bags of experience to the club having won the Premier League with Arsenal as part of the legendary Invincibles squad.

Brendan Rodgers brought Toure to Merseyside and it would seem as though he is keen to sign him again but at Celtic. The Northern Irishman is starting his managerial resurgence in Scotland and it would seem he wants Toure to help out as he did at Liverpool.

The Ivorian is in Scotland having a medical and if there are no issues he will become a Celtic player.

Toure could make his debut in just four days with Celtic playing in a Champions League qualifier against FC Astana and are permitted “to register one ‘wildcard’ signing up to 24 hours before kick-off”, according to the Metro.

In other, more relevant news Joe Allen is the subject of interest from Swansea with joint owner Jason Levien mentioning Swansea City’s interest.

When Jürgen Klopp took over as Liverpool manager there were always going to be players who played less football, but who would’ve thought that Joe Allen would benefit from playing less football. The lack of game time stimulated the competitive side in Allen and it wasn’t long before the Welshman was putting in very impressive displays for Liverpool.

Despite his upturn in form, Allen has reached an age where playing off the bench is no longer beneficial to the development of his footballing career. He needs to be playing regular football and as such he has been almost constantly linked with a move away from Liverpool.

Stoke’s £13 million bid is the second bid that Liverpool have received for the midfielder after an £8 million bid was rejected while Allen was still in France at the European Championships.

However, Swansea City’s new owners are thought to be interested in signing Joe Allen. Taken from Squakwa, this is what new joint-owner Jason Levien said:

“He [Allen] is certainly someone we have our eye on and we are discussing making a bid.

“We spent time thinking how additions to the club will fit in with the structure and he is someone with a great history here. He is still a young player. He is someone who multiple clubs are interested in, us included.”

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