Coates completes Liverpool move

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Sebastian Coates has completed his move to Liverpool FC, according to his Uruguayan team-mate Luis Suarez.

Suarez tweeted “I want to welcome Coates, partner in the Uruguayan team, friend and great player who just signed for Liverpool!”

The 6ft 6inch centre-back was in attendance for the game against Bolton on Saturday and has been at Melwood to complete his medical and agree personal terms. Yesterday’s bank holiday Monday delayed his work permit but that now been approved.

Coates arrives from Nacional for a fee reported to be around £7m.

The player told how influential Suarez had been in his transfer to LFC, saying “We chatted for quite a while, he told me it was a club with great history and tradition. He’s doing well there and it’s important to me because another Uruguayan will be there”.

Coates has been handed the number 16 jersey and has signed a ‘long-term’ contract, believed to be five years.

Welcome to Liverpool, Sebastian.

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