Sunderland’s chances of getting Coates increase as Liverpool sign Charlton defender

Sebastian Coates in action for Sunderland against Hull City.
Sebastian Coates in action for Sunderland against Hull City.
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Sunderland’s chances of signing Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates permanently appear to have moved a step closer after the Reds signed Charlton’s Joe Gomez.

The England Under-19 international has put pen to paper on a five-year contract with Brendan Rodgers’ side, for an undisclosed fee.

Liverpool are thought to have beaten off competition from several Premier League rivals for the highly-rated centre-back.

Gomez’s arrival at Anfield could spell the end of Coates’ Liverpool career.

The Uruguayan impressed in the latter stages of a loan spell at the Stadum of Light last season.

He played a key role in helping Sunderland retain their top-flight status and is reportedly a transfer target for Black Cats boss Dick Advocaat.

A permanent deal for the 24-year-old is expecetd to cost Sunderland about £4m.