Afternoon Ticker: City to sign Toure, Obama invited to World Cup and more

Afternoon Ticker: City to sign Toure, Obama invited to World Cup and more

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Afternoon Ticker: City to sign Toure, Obama invited to World Cup and more

Kolo Toure 1 (Reuters)

by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Manchester City has been awfully busy in the transfer window this summer, but the club doesn't look to stop now, having set its sights on Arsenal defender Kolo Toure.

Toure is reportedly close to landing a deal with Manchester City, with a medical all that could be left before his official signing. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, however, said that nothing has been decided yet.

If the Ivorian defender joins Manchester City, he would join a team that signed Roque Santa Cruz, Carlos Tevez and Toure's former teammate, Emmanuel Adebayor earlier this summer.

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Obama receives World Cup invitation

When FIFA's president personally meets with the President of the United States, you know soccer is growing in this country.

That's what happened on Monday as FIFA President Sepp Blatter ended his four-day tour of the United States by paying a visit to the White House. Blatter personally signed a certificate inviting President Barack Obama and his family to the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Obama couldn't guarantee that he would attend, but said he would check to see when it would be possible for him to go to South Africa.

The two presidents also sppke about the United States' bid for the 2018 or 2022 World Cup.

Kansas City signs Hungarian striker

The Kansas City Wizards signed forward Zoltan Hercegfalvi on Tuesday.

The Hungarian striker joins Major League Soccer from Honved FC in Budapest, Hungary. Zoltan, as he will be identified on his jersey, has played for three clubs in his native land, as well as Slavia Prague in Czech Republic. The 29-year-old forward has also made three national team appearances for Hungary.

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What do you think of Toure possibly heading to Manchester City? Is Obama already your favorite president? Will Hercegfalvi make an immediate impact in MLS?

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