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Man City make opening bid for Arsenal defender Toure

Manchester City have offered £8 million for Arsenal defender Kolo Toure.

The Mirror says City boss Mark Hughes hopes to close the deal for the Ivory Coast centre-half over the weekend as the Gunners realise he is unsettled and keen to join the City revolution.

Toure also knows that City have at least two other alternative targets - West Ham's Matthew Upson and Everton's Joleon Lescott - if he does not make this deal happen quickly and that has added to the urgency.

Hughes has been increasing his offers for Toure over the past few days after deciding that the Hammers had over-valued injury-prone Upson at £10m.

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