DeAndre Yedlin Close to a Move to Tottenham?

DeAndre Yedlin

courtesy Seattle Sounders FC Facebook Page

After returning on to the Seattle Sounders after the 2014 World Cup, DeAndre Yedlin‘s name has been linked to some pretty significant teams in Europe. Add another team to the list in Premier League side, Tottenham Hotspur.

It was first annouced by Taylor Twellman of ESPN early Wednesday morning when he tweeted out this

I feel like this is a never ending storyline. This is coming off after Yedlin commented on Monday that he would be up to signing a long term deal to stay in Seattle. Well according to goal.com, sources have confirmed that Seattle and Tottenham are finalizing a transfer that could be worth between $3.2-3.5 million. It also sounds like the final details could be released in the next few days. It sounds like Yedlin would  finish the current 2014 MLS season and then they will decide what Yedlin’s fate is in January. They may loan him out to another European team or keep him in London as he will be fighting for starting time with the Spurs. It sounds if Yedlin has been getting some advice from a former Spurs player, Kasey Keller. Keller, former goalkeeper,  has warned young DeAndre Yedlin that a move to White Hart Lane probably isn’t right for him and that they move could backfire on him. There is also a possibility that Yedlin would not be issued a work permit.

“Spurs is a tricky place to play,” Keller told Goal. “They’re a team that has a lot of turnover in players. Spurs are a team that has the money, and they are always looking for a bargain, but it’s a tough place to go. “I just want to see young American players play regularly, week in and week out. If that’s at Tottenham, great. But if it’s not, then it’s not the right move. It’s hard to develop if you don’t play. “I’m not sure DeAndre would even qualify for a work permit. He’s never started a game for the national team, [England] is a tough place to get a work permit. “My guess would be that if Tottenham is in the race, it would be to sign DeAndre and loan him out somewhere.”

Keller is correct on every single comment he made there. It is extremely hard to get a work visa, just ask Juan Agudelo. If Yedlin is going to make a move to Europe, he is going to want to play everyday and not ride the bench. Players outside of the European Union are required to have played 75 percent of competitive matches for their national team in the past two years, and their national team must be ranked in the top seventy in the world in FIFA’s rankings. The transfer, which could be done as soon as Friday, would be the highest ever made for a Homgrown player. It would surpass the $2.5 million move that Andy Najar made to Anderlecht. Regardless of what happens, I wish it would just happen already. I wouldn’t be surprised if another team pops up on the radar if this negotiation drags on any longer.

Yedlin Move to Tottenham Confirmed. Stay tuned for updates a we learn more. @StoppageTimeSoc and @TheRealCBlakely


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