Liverpool Complete £7m Signing of Uruguayan Defender Sebastian Coates

Anfield side continue summer spending.

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Liverpool have announced the signing of centre-back Sebastian Coates after the Uruguayan obtained a work permit.

The former Nacional 20-year-old is understood to have moved to Anfield in a £7million deal, having snubbed interest from Atletico Madrid.

Coates, who was the subject of a work permit hearing earlier on Tuesday, has passed a medical and will now join his international team-mates for Friday’s friendly in the Ukraine.

A statement late on Tuesday night read: “Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Uruguay international Sebastian Coates on a long-term contract.

“The 20-year-old completed his transfer from Nacional after passing a medical and securing a work permit earlier today.”

SOURCE: Sky Sports

Kenny Dalglish has successfully secured extra defensive strength in depth by snapping up talented youngster Sebastian Coates, who was voted the Best Young Player of the tournament at the 2011 Copa America. The 20 year old will join countryman Luis Suarez at Anfield and becomes Liverpool’s sixth signing of the summer.

The Merseyside club were keen to beef up options at the back due to injury concerns over Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger, the Dane being repeatedly out with injuries in recent seasons. The giant 6ft 6in defender was said to have been the subject of a larger bid from Atletico Madrid but had made it clear to his former club that he wanted to move to Liverpool.

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