Sebastian Coates completes move to Sunderland

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Liverpool have confirmed the sale of Sebastian Coates to Sunderland for £4 million, reports the Liverpool Echo.

Coates signed for the Reds in 2011 Uruguayan side Nacional for £5 million. However, he failed to become a regular at Anfield and made just 24 appearances in three full season's at the club.

The 24-year-old has spent the last two years out on loan; first back at Nacional and then at Sunderland during the 2014/15 campaign.


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Coates had an injury-riddled season at the Stadium Of Light, however, showed enough in his 13 games to earn himself a permanent move to the Black Cats, with manager Dick Advocaat a keen admirer of the centre-back.


Coates' sale continues Liverpool's clear-out this summer as they look to shrink there saturated squad.

Having already signed both Nathanial Clyne from Southampton and Joe Gomez moving to Anfield from Charlton Athletic, Brendan Rodgers has a large number of defenders already in his squad.

Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho are regulars within Rodgers' starting XI and Kolo Toure was granted a fresh one-year contract earlier this year and he will likely be used as back-up for the pair.

The Reds signed Dejan Lovren last summer from Southampton and he will likely want to prove himself after a disappointing first term.

Liverpool also have Tiago Illori returning from his loan spell at Ligue One outfit Bordeaux and his efforts during this summers Under-21s European Championship for Portugal have been exceptional and Rodgers is expected to give him a chance.

More fringe players are expected to also leave Anfield this summer. Mario Balotelli will be the top of the list of possible departures as he scored just three goals in his maiden season following his £16 million move from AC Milan.

Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini are too expected to leave and defensive midfielder Lucas has also been rumoured for a move away.

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