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Confirmed: Coates Departs

Sebastian Coates has completed a loan move to Sporting CP.

Portuguese giants Sporting CP have completed the signing of Sebastian Coates on a loan deal until the end of the season.

Sporting welcomed Coates to the club on their official Twitter account;

They also announced his signing on their official website, with Sporting confirming that they have an option to buy the Uruguayan for €5m (around £3.8m).

Coates only signed for Sunderland permanently in the summer after an impressive end to last season, as he played his part in helping Dick Advocaat steer Sunderland to safety. That impressive form disappeared this season, culminating in Coates dropping down the pecking order once Sam Allardyce took over. Yesterday's signing of Lamine Kone created the opening for the 25-year-old to complete his move to Sporting.

Although Coates looked ill-suited to the Premier League, he should find the style of Portuguese football much more too his liking, so we will hopefully see his move become permanent at the end of the season.

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