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Football: Arsenal take on a Toure.

ARSENE WENGER has boosted his midfield cover with the signing of Ivory Coast international Kolo Toure.

The Arsenal boss snapped up the 20-year-old utility player after he impressed in two reserves games against West Ham.

Toure - who can play midfield or right-back - joins the Gunners from Asec Mimosas for an undisclosed fee. He has been a permanent fixture in the Ivory Coast side since 2000 and recently featured in the African Nations Cup.

Wenger said last night: "Kolo is very versatile and has the basic potential to become a very good player.

"He won't feature in the first-team squad immediately because he'll need at least three to four months' work. But you never know - he could feature before the end of the season."

Having played in 81 per cent of the Ivory Coast's international matches since 2000, Toure has received a work permit to play in England. But he will not figure in Arsenal's Champions League campaign as he was signed after the January 31 deadline.
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