With the transfer window just a few hours old, reports claim Kolo Toure has handed in a transfer request.
Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has revealed Kolo Toure has handed in a transfer request which will be rejected. Speaking to the Daily Star (not the best source, but has a quote) he said:
“I know about it (the transfer request),” Hill-Wood said. “But we are not going to accept it.
“We are not looking to let any of our players go and he is under contract – and we expect him to honour it.”
The Ivorian has been linked to Manchester City amid rumours of unrest with William Gallas and not being able to force his way back into the first team. Toure partnered Gallas against Aston Villa and showed his commitment but was dropped at Portsmouth due to the aerial threat of Peter Crouch.
After suffering from a bout of Malaria during the last African Cup of Nations, Kolo Toure has looked slightly off the pace after a great start to the season 2007/08 partnering Gallas. Arsene Wenger will be reluctant to let him go as he has thin cover in defence but an option would be to put Song back in defence position as cover while still going ahead in buying one or two midfielders. The Ivorian still has undoubted quality and was part of the Invicibles squad while his mobility is a huge plus in today’s game.