Daily Express are reporting that Leicester City are interested in making a move for Liverpool central defender Sebastian Coates.
The 24-year-old Uruguayan international, has been on loan at Sunderland, and after a slow start, played in the last six matches, where Sunderland achieved three clean sheets including a scoreless draw against Leicester to secure their Premier League survival.
Returning to Liverpool this summer, the defender’s future is now being discussed, with the player himself saying: “When the loan is over, I will talk [with Liverpool] about what to do next, Coates said. “But my goal is to stay in England because it is the best football in the world. It’s a very competitive league.”
Coates was bought by Liverpool for £7m in 2011 after a very successful Copa America with his country, where he was voted best young player of the tournament, but the move to Liverpool just has not worked.
Leicester boss Nigel Pearson is believed to have sent his scouts to watch Coates in action.
Writer’s Prediction – HIT. When I saw him play for Uruguay in 2011, I was very impressed by what I saw, so when Liverpool made the deal I thought would be a star. Has had a few injuries, but seems past them and still young. Should not cost more than £6 million, so could be astute business by Nigel Pearson, who knows a thing or two about being a centre back.