Could Tottenham Hotspur be the team to land DeAndre Yedlin? The 21-year-old became the subject of intense transfer speculation after impressing at the World Cup for the United States, but most of the clubs he has been linked to have been in Serie A. They certainly haven't been Spurs, who haven't been mentioned once, but now it appears as if they are the frontrunner.
Hearing Spurs have jumped ahead of everyone else in Yedlin sweepstakes. He'd stay in Seattle for 2014 before joining Tottenham.— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman) August 6, 2014
Yedlin doesn't make a ton of sense at Tottenham. They have Kyle Walker, a 24-year-old right back who is one of the better players at the position in the Premier League. He is also more athlete than soccer player, so Yedlin certainly wouldn't be a different style of player at the position. New manager Mauricio Pochettino's system also doesn't utilize defensive-minded wingers so it's not like Yedlin can play the same midfield role he played for the U.S. in the World Cup.
The only way Yedlin really fits in at Spurs is if Pochettino sees him developing into an out-and-out winger. Pochettino loves to press opposing teams and Yedlin could be excellent pressing through the midfield so Spurs may want him to be a winger.
Asking for a complete position change for Yedlin would be odd, and is probably not what Spurs are eying the American for. More likely, Tottenham aren't really chasing Yedlin that hard or they think he's good value and want to buy him so they can have two excellent fullbacks, then move Walker or Yedlin at a profit in the future.
Yedlin seemed destined for AS Roma, who have made it clear they want to sign an American and have been linked to him from the start. Genoa and Napoli were also linked him, as well as Olympique Lyon. The question is whether any team will meet the Seattle Sounders and MLS's asking price, which is reportedly about $6 million. Now the rumors are heating up again, with one of the Premier League's top seven clubs in the mix too. Yedlin is certainly a hot commodity.