By Graeme Bailey
Sunderland are close to agreeing a deal to bring Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates to the club, Goal understands.
The Uruguay international is well down the pecking order at Anfield despite the sale of Daniel Agger to Brondby, with Martin Skrtel, Dejan Lovren, Mamadou Sakho and Kolo Toure all ahead of him in terms of first-team selection.
Gus Poyet is hopeful of sealing a season-long loan move for the 23-year-old as he looks to add defensive cover to his squad.
Coates spent the second half of the 2013-14 season on loan at Nacional as he looked to recover from a knee injury and represented his country at the World Cup in Brazil.
He has figured just 12 times in the Premier League for Liverpool since joining the club in 2011, scoring his only goal against QPR in March 2012.