Sunderland target Sebastian Coates moving closer to Liverpool exit

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Liverpool are expected to move for Charlton defender Joe Gomez, which could hasten Sebastian Coates’ switch to Sunderland.

As the Echo revealed last month, Sunderland are keen to sign Coates on a permanent deal after the successful conclusion to the Uruguayan’s loan stint at the end of last season.

Sebastian Coates in action for Sunderland during their 2-0 win away to Everton. Picture by FRANK REID

Sebastian Coates in action for Sunderland during their 2-0 win away to Everton. Picture by FRANK REID

Coates’ performances during the final six games were a key factor behind Sunderland beating the drop and persuaded the Black Cats to push ahead with a move to keep the 24-year-old at the Stadium of Light.

Liverpool are prepared to offload Coates with only 12 months remaining on his contract at Anfield, with suggestions today that a deal could be struck with Sunderland around the £4million mark.

And Liverpool’s readiness to part company with Coates will only be increased if they make a move for Gomez, with a formal bid expected to be submitted this week.

Highly-rated Gomez, 18, is expected to leave Championship Charlton this summer and Liverpool are reported to be preparing a £3.5m offer.

There seems to be little prospect of Coates remaining at Anfield after he has made just six Premier League starts since joining Liverpool in a £7m deal four years ago.

But there seems to be little prospect of Coates remaining at Anfield after he has made just six Premier League starts since joining Liverpool in a £7m deal four years ago.

Coates, currently with the Uruguay squad at the Copa America, would need to accept a wage cut to return to Sunderland after Liverpool continued to pay a proportion of his salary during last season’s loan.

But the centre-half is open to returning to Wearside after the stark turnaround in his contribution during the run-in.

“Yes, it’s something I’d consider if it became a possibility,” he told the Echo last month.