Sunderland boss reveals why he signed this former Liverpool outcast

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Sunderland manager Gus Poyet says that he recommended Sebastian Coates to Liverpool before eventually signing the Uruguayan himself.

Sunderland backed manager Gus Poyet in the transfer market this summer with the signings of Costel Pantilimon, Billy Jones, Santiago Vergini, Patrick van Aanholt, Jack Rodwell, Jordi Gomez, Will Buckley and Ricardo Alvarez - some reward for Poyet's magic act of keeping the Black Cats in the Premier League at the end of last season with shock away wins against Chelsea and Manchester United.

Another player who arrived at the Stadium of Light on deadline day was Liverpool centre back Sebastian Coates. The Uruguayan joined the Reds from Nacional in 2011, but made just 24 appearances for the club before being loaned back to his former club last season.

With the arrival of Dejan Lovren at Anfield, Coates once again found first team football hard to come by and decided to move out on loan again - this time to a Premier League side in Sunderland, where he joined forces with fellow Uruguayan Poyet. In fact, Poyet revealed today that he was the man who recommended Coates to Liverpool three years ago before finally being able to work with him now.

"I know Sebber, I recommended him to England in the beginning when he came to Liverpool. He was a 6'3" centre-half, calm on the ball and with aggression," Poyet told the Sunderland Echo. "He's a good player. Slowly, he's going to have to start competing with Wes [Brown] and John [O'Shea] and when he has the chance to play in any game - even in the cup - he needs to perform.

"I think it's a great chance for him as well and a great challenge. We needed a centre-half too, so it works both ways in helping each other."

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