Uruguay defender Sebastian Coates seals Liverpool move

Sebastian Coates (left)
Coates won the Copa America with Uruguay in July

Liverpool have completed the signing of Uruguay international defender Sebastian Coates from Nacional.

The 20-year-old impressed in Uruguay's Copa America win in July and has signed a long-term contract at Anfield.

A 6ft 6ins centre-back, Coates passed a medical and secured a work permit and is Liverpool's sixth summer signing.

He joins compatriot Luis Suarez, who tweeted: "I want to welcome Coates, partner in the Uruguay team, friend and great player," at Anfield.

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish was keen to strengthen his defensive resources after Greek defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos left for Wolfsburg on a free transfer.

Manchester City were strongly linked with Coates but he has now joined a Liverpool squad recently bolstered by the arrivals of midfielders Jordan Henderson, Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing, goalkeeper Doni and defender Jose Enrique.