According to a report in the Liverpool Echo, Liverpool’s Sebastian Coates is to trade Anfield for Sunderland after a £4 million deal was agreed between the two clubs.
The Uruguayan international has failed to live up to his billing since moving to Merseyside in 2011, making just 12 Premier League appearances.
Last term, he moved to Sunderland on a season-long loan deal, where he featured heavily towards the end of the campaign - making a total of 10 Premier League appearances.
His performances under newly-appointed boss Dick Advocaat were impressive, prompting plenty of speculation over whether a permanent move to the Stadium of Light would occur.
As per the report in the Liverpool Echo, it appears the clubs have settled on a fee and the deal for the centre-back to join the Black Cats will be completed next week.
It’s a step in the right direction for the Reds, as through unfortunate circumstances the 24-year-old has been hampered with injuries, affecting his ability to work his way into the first-team.
Sunderland will benefit from an injection of youth in a somewhat aging squad, and there is enough potential there for the player to be a real success on Wearside over the coming years.
Here is how supporters from both clubs reacted to the report on social networking site Twitter:
#LFC Cant say if Sebastian Coates will be quality or not. unfortunately, injury played to his disavantage during his time here. Goodluck!— Philipe Coutinho (@LFC_NO10) June 26, 2015
If true,the 4 million pounds accepted bid for Coates is a great buy,played really well under Advocaat #SAFC— Daniel Gallagher (@DanielTheCelt) June 26, 2015
I'm definitely underwhelmed with Coates being our first signing, come on dick,must do better #safc— wayne gilliss (@waynegillissftm) June 26, 2015
Bye Coates ~ thanks for everything you have done to the club #LFC— Banana Nookie (@nookie_apan) June 27, 2015
£4m for Seb Coates is a good deal for Liverpool and for Sunderland. He's a good defender but it just never worked for him at #LFC.— Liam Bekker (@BekkersBlog) June 27, 2015
Coates then Downing first two in would be a steady start for me. Would like some leftfield signings who DA knows and has researched #safc— Steve N (@TheMightyNews) June 27, 2015