The Telegraph is reporting that Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has identified 20 year-old Uruguayan defender Sebastien Coates as the man to bolster his defence.
It is no secret that Liverpool have been looking to sign a new centre-half this summer and according to The Telagraph, they have bid around £12 million to land Coates from Uruguayan side Nacional.
Coates, a 6ft 6in defender, made a real name for himself at this year’s Copa America as he put in a number of eye-catching displays to help Uruguay lift the trophy.
The defender has made it clear he wants to leave Nacional to join ‘a top European club’ and he will no doubt relish the opportunity to team-up with his fellow countryman Luis Suarez at Anfield.
The young defender has been linked to a host of top European sides including Juventus, Manchester City and Benfica. But Liverpool are hopeful of completing a deal for the defender before the end of the transfer window.
Liverpool offloaded Greek defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos to Wolfsburg on Monday to free up space for a new centre-back to come in. The reds have long been linked with a move for Bolton centre-back Gary Cahill, but they were unwilling to meet Bolton’s demands for the England international.
It now seems Liverpool have turned their attentions to a younger and cheaper Coates, who could prove to be a bargain if he establishes himself in the Premier League.