Liverpool sign Aly Cissokho on season-long loan deal from Valencia

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Liverpool have completed the loan signing of the Valencia full-back Aly Cissokho but attempts to offload Sebastián Coates are in jeopardy after the Uruguay international suffered a potentially serious knee injury.

Brendan Rodgers has been seeking to increase competition on José Enrique's left-back place all summer and stepped up interest in Cissokho after Granada inflated their asking price for Guilherme Siqueira. The former Lyon and Porto defender, who has been capped once by France, has agreed a season-long loan deal, subject to the completion of paperwork, and with a view to a permanent £5m transfer next summer.

"I feel extremely proud to be here and I'm proud of all the hard work I've put in so far throughout my career," Cissokho, 25, said. "I've always dreamt of one day signing for a really legendary club. I've been lucky enough to play for a few top sides and so to now get the chance to play for a club like Liverpool, it's just fantastic."

Cissokho's arrival has been tempered by an injury to Coates, who Liverpool are prepared to sell only two years after his £7m arrival from Nacional. The Uruguayan, who has been linked with a move to Fulham, is awaiting scan results on a knee injury suffered in training. A cruciate problem has not been ruled out.

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Andy Hunter, for theguardian.com on Tuesday 20th August 2013 22.21 Europe/London

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