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DeAndre Yedlin inches closer to exit as move appears imminent

Hate to see him leave, but completely understand the reasons.

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DeAndre Yedlin’s time in North London looks to be coming to an end. The 23-year-old U.S. International has found playing time more than difficult to come by for Tottenham Hotspur with loan stints to both Seattle Sounders FC in MLS and to Sunderland, where he helped the Black Cats somehow stave off relegation yet again. There was genuine belief that Yedlin would have returned to Sunderland had Sam Allardyce remained manager, but once Big Sam took the England position, Yedlin seemed ready to push for playing time with Spurs. That does not appear likely and teams have lined up to bid for the fullback’s services.

According to The Shields Gazette, an outlet based in northeast England, DeAndre Yedlin appears headed for Newcastle. The Daily Mail have also run with this story and are reporting the bid could be worth about £5m, but the Mail also believe Aston Villa have lodged a similar bid and are fighting with the Magpies for Yedlin’s services. First, we’ll look at what The Shields Gazette reported, Miles Starforth, has to say about this move:

Newcastle United are closing in on former Sunderland loanee DeAndre Yedlin.

The Tottenham Hotspur defender spent last season on loan at the Stadium of Light.

And the Gazette understands that Newcastle have made a move for the USA international.

United signed right-back Jesus Gamez from Atletico Madrid this summer, but the 31-year-old is yet to play a competitive match for the club.

Sunderland also considered another move for Seattle-born Yedlin, who would cost upwards of £4million.

Yedlin is understood to favour a permanent move this summer, and not another loan.

This 100% makes sense from Newcastle’s point of view and Yedlin’s. Daryl Janmaat appears to be angling for a move away from Tyneside, which would make a pretty gaping hole for Newcastle to fill if they’re going to challenge for promotion right away. Yedlin can offer a youthful injection and a season in the Championship would certainly not hurt his development.

The downside here is that it appears Yedlin wants a permanent move. We can all agree that Kyle Walker is not relinquishing his starting position at right fullback, and if Yedlin doesn’t want to be a backup or reserve player, then a move like this makes sense, even if it takes him out of the Premier League.

The Daily Mail’s version of this includes Villa’s interest:

Newcastle and Aston Villa have made £5million bids for Tottenham right back DeAndre Yedlin.

The 23-year-old is ready to leave White Hart Lane to secure regular first team football after enjoying a stint on loan at Sunderland last season.

Newcastle want a replacement lined up for £8million-rated Daryl Janmaat, who is the subject of interest from West Ham and Napoli, and though they have Jesus Gamez he is yet to gain full fitness.

Villa want competition for Alan Hutton and are particularly keen to utilise the pace Yedlin can add to their side.

Again, this is all logical. Newcastle and Villa don’t want to be in the Championship any longer than they have to. Yedlin sees playing time options with both. Daniel Levy sees a small profit in the future for a player that doesn’t factor into Mauricio Pochettino’s plans.

Also, Starforth is more than confident that this move to Newcastle will happen:

DeAndre Yedlin was signed during Spurs’ 2014 United States tour, having caught the eye of the club during a friendly against Seattle Sounders. He’s only made one appearance for Spurs in a Premier League match, which came at the end of the 2015 season after he returned on loan from Seattle. While Sam Allardyce had big praise for Yedlin at the end of last season, it doesn’t appear that he’s grown enough for Spurs to utilize him in the future. Personally, I’d rather have Yedlin as a backup to Kyle Walker than Kieran Trippier, but I understand those who see it the other way around.

There’s a little more than a week to go in the transfer window, but it appears Tottenham’s selling phase is picking up. With players like Nabil Bentaleb, Nacer Chadli, and now DeAndre Yedlin all rumored away, expect more of these links to pop up, though this appears to be the most advanced talks now and might happen sooner rather than later.

EDIT: It looks as though Starforth is correct: