SEBASTIAN COATES has boosted Sunderland’s defensive options after the Uruguayan’s season long loan move from Liverpool was confirmed.
Sunderland have been on the look-out for a new central defender to provide back-up to John O’Shea and Wes Brown, with Modibo Diakite and Valentin Roberge both heading out of the Stadium of Light.
Boss Gus Poyet has been well aware of Coates’ availability for several weeks, yet the move has been delayed due to Sunderland’s continued pursuit of Fabio Borini, with Premier League rules stating only one player can be loaned from each top flight peer.
But with little chance of re-signing Borini on loan, Sunderland made a move for Coates and after undergoing a medical at the Academy of Light today, he has been unveiled by the Black Cats.
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.
Coates will be the first of two loan arrivals at the Stadium of Light on deadline day, with Sunderland finalising the paperwork for Inter Milan’s attacking midfielder Ricky Alvarez.