LIVERPOOL defender Sebastian Coates is expected at the Academy of Light this afternoon to complete a season-long loan move to Sunderland.
Black Cats boss Gus Poyet has been keeping tabs on fellow Uruguayan Coates for several weeks, with Liverpool making the 23-year-old available either on loan or on a permanent deal.
But Sunderland have been biding their time, due to their pursuit of Fabio Borini, with Premier League rules stating only per player can be loaned from another top flight club.
With the Borini deal now appearing to be dead though, Sunderland have made their approach and Coates is due on Wearside later today to complete his move to the Stadium of Light.
Coates has endured a frustrating three years at Liverpool after making just six Premier League starts for the Merseysiders.
The Uruguay international suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury last summer and spent the second half of last season on loan at former club Nacional, as he made his way back to full fitness.
Sunderland are also hoping to wrap up a move for Argentine international Ricky Alvarez after the Inter Milan attacking midfielder held talks over finalising his switch to the Premier League yesterday.
The Black Cats, who will have one further domestic loan available, are keeping an open mind over further attacking recruits after being linked with former loanee Danny Welbeck.
But unless a permanent deal for Borini - who has been linked with Inter Milan - is resurrected, the Italian will not be returning to the Stadium of Light.