Tottenham Hotspur appear close to securing the signing of Deandre Yedlin from the Seattle Sounders for a fee of around £2.75 million, with the coach of the MLS franchise admitting "the situation is close."
The English Premier League side have emerged as favorites to land the highly talented US youngster in recent weeks, and the weekend brought news that Yedlin had been in Europe in order to meet with a number of teams to discuss a deal and undergo a physical assessment.
Spurs, led by new boss Mauricio Pochettino, seem to have won the race however. And Yedlin's head coach in Seattle, Sigi Schmid, admitted recently that negotiations are in their latter stages:
"Yedlin's situation is very close," revealed Schmid following the Sounders 2-0 win over Houston Dynamo - a game in which Yedlin was conspicuous by his absence.
"Some things are not entirely completed yet so we didn't want to play him and have the risk of injury without everything being finalized, but hopefully it will be finalized in the next day or two."
Yedlin burst onto the international scene during this summer's World Cup, with the young right back impressing for the United States Mens National Team when called up by Jurgen Klinsmann.
This was most evident in their 2-1 defeat against Belgium, a game which saw Yedlin impress in defence and attack with his incredible speed causing the European side numerous problems.
Fans of MLS, and the Seattle Sounders in particular, however will be keen to highlight Deandre Yedlin's already impress CV.
Only debuting in the US league in 2013, Yedlin has been quick to make an impression. The now 21-year-old became the first ever rookie to earn MLS Team of the Week honors on debut and he went on to make the MLS All-Star team that season.
He made his international bow in January of this year and has gone on to collect seven caps for the USMNT to date.
Whilst it looks like, bar any unforeseen circumstances, he will become Tottenham's latest summer signing as they prepare for the 2014-15 English Premier League season it is expected that Deandre Yedlin will remain with the Sounders for the remainder of the MLS Season which comes to a close in November.
Spurs of course already have the likes of Kyle Walker at White Hart Lane and Yedlin is seen as more of a work in progress.
So whilst Yedlin may not appear for Seattle this weekend as negotiations are finalized with Spurs, Schmid is confident he will be able to draw upon the young star's talents for several months yet:
"The understanding is that DeAndre will be with us through the end of the season, which is a good thing," explained the coach.
"It keeps our team intact. I think for him the opportunity to go to a club like that is fantastic."
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