Date: 2nd July 2015 at 8:37am
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As expected Uruguayan defender Sebastian Coates has competed a permanent move to Sunderland…

The underwhelming Liverpool career of South American centre-back Sebastian Coates is now officially over after the 24-year-old joined Sunderland for around £4m.

The fee, which some sources believe could be as little as just £2m up front, represents a sizeable loss on the £7m Liverpool paid Nacional in 2011.

Once regarded as one of the most talented young defenders around, Coates’ spell on Merseyside never really got going due to competition for places and injuries.

In total he made just 17 starts for the Reds, while recent loan spells at both his former club and new employers were badly affected by a long-term knee problem sustained on international duty.

Coates did however manage to play every minute of Sunderland’s five-game unbeaten run at the end of last season, which helped to secure their Premier League status.

The Montevideo native becomes Black Cats boss Dick Advocaat’s first signing since the experienced Dutchman agreed to stay on at the Stadium of Light.

“I’m really happy to be here,” commented Coates to the official Sunderland website upon completing the move. “I will try to improve on last season and hopefully the team will too…

“For me, I played really well at the end of last season and the team did as well so I hope we can be good this year.”

Coates becomes the first Liverpool player to be sold during the current off-season, although a host of senior figures, including captain Steven Gerrard and right-back Glen Johnson, have also left Anfield after their contracts expired.

With Charlton Athletic’s Joe Gomez acquired for £3.5m, Andre Wisdom back from a loan spell at West Bromwich Albion and Kolo Toure retained for a further year, the Merseysiders still have plenty of cover for regular centre-backs Martin Skrtel, Mamadou Sakho and Dejan Lovren.

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