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Central defender? Check. Loan deal? Check. Uruguayan? Check. Gus appears to have all his bases covered on this one.

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Sunderland have completed the loan signing of Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates.

Gus Poyet had been desperate to increase his defensive options as well as being "determined" to sign a Uruguayan this summer, so having killed two birds with the one stone we can compliment him on his efficiency at least.

The 23-year-old has struggled to settle in England since his big-money move three years ago, but the hope will be that he is now at the right age to really kick on. He certainly has some pedigree, particularly given he arrived at Anfield after being named the best young player at the 2011 Copa America.

Coates spent the second half of last season back in Uruguay on loan with former club Nacional after suffering a serious knee injury last August. However, he made Uruguay's World Cup squad so should probably be fit enough.

It's one of those deals which are more intriguing than exciting; there are more questions over the player than guarantees. The same was said of the likes of Fabio Borini, Danny Rose and Vito Mannone though. Hopefully, Coates can have a similar impact.