Tottenham Hostpur could be set to land one of the brightest stars in North American football. According to reports, Spurs and new boss Mauricio Pochettino have jumped to the front of the queue in the race to sign Seattle Sounders defender DeAndre Yedlin.
Taylor Twellman, a former MLS striker and current TV analyst, tweeted this out earlier:
"Hearing Spurs have jumped ahead of everyone else in Yedlin sweepstakes. He'd stay in Seattle for 2014 before joining Tottenham."
That raises some interesting questions. The Major League Soccer transfer window ends today, so for the flying full back to be allowed to return to the Sounders for the rest of the season, a deal between them and Spurs would have to be completed today.
Flying full back
The 21-year old Yedlin has enjoyed a flying start to his professional football career. In his 18 months since joining the Sounders as a Homegrown Player out of Akron University, the Seattle native has seen himself become a starter in MLS, impress Jurgen Klinsmann enough to be taken to the World Cup (appearing against Germany and Portugal in the group of death and gaining attention for his display in the 2nd round vs Belgium), and he has been named to the All-Star team that will face Bayern Munich tonight.
Yedlin had become a hot name in Europe after his star showing at the World Cup, with Serie A sides Inter Milan and AS Roma both making bids for the defender. Interest seemed to have cooled in the youngster in recent times, but it seems that Tottenham have jumped to the top of the pile in recent days.
Links and Friendlies
Spurs have had plenty of opportunity to see Yedlin up close and personal as they just played a friendly against the Sounders a few weeks ago and spent a good amount of time with the organization.
It's entirely possible that they used that time to not only take a closer look at Yedlin, but to get to speak to him and get to know how he'd fit in at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham do already boast young right backs Kyle Walker and Kyle Naughton in their first team squad so it will interesting to see where the American would fit in for Pochettino's men.