DeAndre Yedlin is going to Tottenham Hotspur. The American is in London taking a medical with the Premier League club to finalize a deal that ends a summer of transfer rumors for the 21-year-old, according to Goal.
The deal is for a reported $3.3 million, which is lower than the Seattle Sounders were reportedly demanding for Yedlin after the World Cup and a bargain price for Spurs. Yedlin will stay with Seattle for the remainder of the MLS season, likely through a loan back to the team.
Yedlin missed training on Friday to go to London and when asked about his absence, Sounders manager Sigi Schmid and general manager Adrian Hanauer would only say that he was overseas meeting with a big club.
Earlier this summer, it appeared as if Yedlin was bound for Serie A, with AS Roma and Genoa among a few Italian clubs chasing the right back. Every rumor included him finishing the season with the Sounders, which makes sense considering Seattle is in the mix for the Supporters' Shield and MLS Cup, as well as Yedlin lacking the polish to play in a top league right now.
Spurs came out of the blue to get in the mix for Yedlin. They hadn't been linked to him all summer, but they have been remaking their squad since hiring Mauricio Pochettino as manager and got an up close look at him when they played Seattle in a friendly three weeks ago. They must have liked what they saw because not long after, they jumped to favorites to sign Yedlin and now appear set to do so.
Tottenham will be happy to get Yedlin at what appears to be a bargain price. They have a good 24-year-old right back in Kyle Walker, but they could use Yedlin as a winger. They could also hope he develops enough to take over at right back, allowing them to sell Walker for a pretty penny. It is possible Tottenham just saw an opportunity to buy a 21-year-old at a cheap price, thinking they can flip him in a year or two for a tidy profit.
Exactly what Spurs think of Yedlin is unclear, but they came in last minute and signed him up. His status as a regular national teamer now, and his participation at the World Cup, should make getting a UK work permit relatively easy, but will he play at Tottenham and if so, at what position? That's what's next.