The Liverpool centre-back Sebastian Coates has joined Sunderland on a season-long loan, reports the Independent. The move was finalised amidst a busy transfer deadline day, as Gus Poyet successfully strengthened his back-line ahead of the remaining Premier League season.
Coates has been at Liverpool for three years, but a combination of injury and bad form have kept him out of the starting XI at Anfield. The player has made just 6 starts and 24 appearances for the Reds, but he will hope to receive regular first-team opportunities at Sunderland.
The Black Cats have an aging backline which includes that likes of John O’Shea and Wes Brown, meaning that the 23 year old Coates can realistically hope to be selected. The Uruguay international arrives having spent part of last season on loan in his homeland at Nacional, as Sunderland hope that he can discover some Premier League form for them.
For much of the summer Gus Poyet had been locked in talks with Liverpool over a proposed move for another player, however. The Stadium of Light side had hoped to bring Fabio Borini into the fold after the Italian’s successful loan spell at the club during the 2013-14 campaign. Despite ongoing interest and a reported offer though, the striker declined the opportunity to return to the Wearside club.