Gus Poyet and Sunderland are looking to strengthen their backline by bringing in the out of favour Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates, according to reports in the English press. The Black Cats already have the likes of John O’Shea and Wes Brown within their defence, but are looking to add further strength in depth.
The move for Coates is expected to be a temporary one, which has further implications regarding Sunderland’s other transfer negotiations. The Stadium of Light club has been in constant talks with Liverpool over a move for Fabio Borini, but should they take Coates on a season-long loan then they will no longer be able to do the same for the Italian striker. Premier League rules state that a team cannot have more than one player on loan from a certain club at the same time.
Poyet is hopeful that he can lure his Uruguayan compatriot to join him at Sunderland, however, as Coates’ Liverpool career looks to have dried up in recent months. The defender has suffered injuries aplenty during his time at Anfield, and has slipped down the pecking order as a result. Last season he spent time out on loan in South America playing for Nacional, and he could be about to make a temporary move away from the Reds again for the following campaign.
Should the move be finalised, then Sunderland can still vie for the Borini signature, but he will only be available as part of a permanent transfer. Having enjoyed the player on loan in the North East last season, Sunderland fans might hope to see him at the Stadium of Light again this year. However, the player has been unwilling to pledge his future to Sunderland despite the club’s ongoing interest in him, and time is running out to get the deal over the line.