Liverpool FC have confirmed on their official website that Sebastian Coates is officially now a Liverpool player, having attained a work permit earlier today. Coates has put pen to paper on a five year contract which sees him join fellow Uruguayan star Luis Suarez at the Anfield club.
Liverpool's search for a new central defender has been a long one, which has stretched over the entire summer transfer window, but that search finally ended last week when they agreed a fee for the 20-year-old with Nacional.
The signing of Coates is sure to raise further speculation in regards to the future of club legend Jamie Carragher, who seems to be the most likely player to lose his place in the Liverpool first team when Coates makes his breakthrough. If history is anything to go by however, Carragher is likely to feel he has a point to prove and raise his own game, something he has done many times before when new arrivals have seemed to threaten his place in the team.
Liverpool director of football, Damien Comolli had this to say about his latest capture, "He's a central defender who can play on either side, even though he's right footed. He has a fantastic physical presence, he's very good in the air offensively and defensively, he's very strong in one v ones and very good at clearing things in his own box."
At £7million, Coates represents something of a bargain for the Anfield club, who have purchased one of the most promising young defenders in world football, a defender they hope will become a foundation of the team for the next decade.
It remains to be seen whether Coates is the last signing Damien Comolli and Kenny Dalglish will make in this transfer window, during which they had already secured the signings of Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam, Doni, Stewart Downing and Jose Enrique.
Speculation remains rife that Liverpool are in the market for a new striker with Craig Bellamy, Hugo Rodellega, Kevin Doyle and Mauro Zarate all having been linked in the last week or two. Whether there is any truth to these links remains to be seen and tomorrow could be an exciting day for the club and their fans, if the last deadline day is anything to go by.
For recent rumours on who might be next through the Anfield doors read - http://bleacherreport.com/articles/826282-liverpool-transfer-speculation-reds-considering-two-loan-moves