Liverpool have completed the signing of Uruguay international defender Sebastian Coates "on a long-term contract" from Nacional.
The 20-year-old Copa America winner has passed a medical and secured a work permit to complete a move which unites him with Uruguay team-mate Luis Suarez.
The tall centre-back, who made his senior international debut at this summer's tournament, arrives from Nacional in his homeland where he broke into the first team two years ago.
"Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Uruguay international Sebastian Coates on a long-term contract," the Reds said in a statement.
"The 20-year-old completed his transfer from Nacional after passing a medical and securing a work permit earlier today.
"Coates will now link up with his international teammates ahead of their friendly in Kiev on Friday night."
Uruguay talisman Suarez earlier Tweeted: "I want to welcome Coates, partner in the uruguayan team, friend and great player who just signed for Liverpool!"
Copyright (c) PA Sport 2009, All Rights Reserved.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms