Alvarez and Coates poised to link up with Sunderland

Gus Poyet has enjoyed a successful deadline day, with Ricardo Alvarez and Sebastian Coates set to join Sunderland on loan for the remainder of the season.

The Black Cats performed something of a minor miracle to avoid relegation from the Premier League last season, and Poyet has since been busy improving the quality of his squad. Ahead of the final day of the summer window seven players had been signed, the most expensive and arguably of which was Jack Rodwell, recruited from Manchester City for a fee of around £10million.

And the Uruguayan coach has also been able to conduct some late business, with Alvarez set to join on loan for the remainder of the campaign with the view of a permanent £9million transfer. The 26-year-old playmaker, who can also operate on the left flank, was linked with a move to Arsenal in 2011, but instead left River Plate for Internazionale. He didn’t feature in the Italian club’s opening match of this season, a goalless draw at Torino, but he made 29 appearances last term.

Coates, meanwhile, is also on the verge of signing for the Black Cats on loan. A Uruguayan compatriot of Poyet, the defender arrived in England with a big reputation when he signed for Liverpool in 2011. However, the 23-year-old, formerly of Nacional, has been unable to make an impression at Anfield, yet his progress was curtailed by a serious knee injury in August 2013.

Sunderland, are you impressed with the proposed deals for Alvarez and Coates? What other business would you have liked Poyet to have done this summer? Let us know what you think by joining in with the discussion below!

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