Liverpool has confirmed the signing of Uruguay defender Sebastian Coates from Nacional de Montevideo.

Nacional has told The Associated Press that it will receive around $11.5 million from Liverpool for the 20-year-old center back.

Coates will link up with fellow Uruguayan Luis Suarez, who had earlier broken the news of Coates' move on his Facebook page.

Suarez wrote on his Facebook page: ''I want to welcome Coates, partner in the uruguayan team, friend and great player who just signed for Liverpool! WELCOME!''