Sunderland close to signing Coates

Sunderland have reportedly agreed a fee of around £4m for the Liverpool defender

Sebastian Coates, 24, has completed a permanent deal to the Black Cats, according to the Sunderland Echo.

The deal will represent an approximate 50% loss for LiverpoolCoates moved from Uruguayan side Nacional for £7million back in 2011.

Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat is keen to sign the Liverpool man after a string of impressive performances during his short loan spell at the Stadium of Light.

Coates’ replacement

Charlton youngster, Joe Gomez is believed to be Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers’ ideal replacement, with any move potentially costing the Reds in excess of £8million.

According to Express Sport, the 18-year-old has been “earmarked” as an individual with a big future ahead of him and so Liverpool wanted the deal concluded as quickly as possible.

The Express added Gomez would be loaned out rather than going straight into the first-team at Anfield – similar to Tiago Ilori, who joined Liverpool back in the summer of 2013.

Gomez has always been a fan of the Merseyside club and would be flattered should Liverpool come calling, according to reports in England.

Any deal for The Addicks defender would see Liverpool pay an initial £3.5million with the potential for that figure to rise dependant on additional performance-related add-ons.

Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne is also another defender rumoured to be on Liverpool’s radar – the Reds have already had a £10million bid rejected last month.

Written by Jack Wynne – @JackRobertWynne

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