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Tottenham Hotspur's new signing DeAndre Yedlin 'excited' by new challenge

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Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed the signing of young USMNT defender Deandre Yedlin.

"We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Seattle Sounders for the transfer of DeAndre Yedlin," wrote the English Premier League club on their official Twitter account.

Yedlin has agreed a four-year deal at White Hart Lane but will stay with the Seattle Sounders for the entirety of the 2014-15 Premier League season before linking up with his new club next summer.

Done Deal

Yedlin's coach in Seattle had revealed over the weekend that the young right back was close to the move to Spurs, and ESPN's MLS analysts Tyler Twelman was the first to break the news that the deal had been completed on Wednesday afternoon.

Tottenham are believed to be paying a fee of around £2.75 million ($4 million) for Yedlin who was in London London over the weekend to discuss personal terms and complete a medical at Tottenham's training ground.

Yedlin's career to date

DeAndre Yedlin was a relative unknown outside of the United States until this summer's 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Having only made his debut for Jurgen Klinsmann's USMNT in January of this year, Yedlin announced himself on the international stage with a number of impressive displays of the bench in Brazil.

The 21-year-old, known for his explosive pace and energy on the right flank, was especially impressive when deputising for injured teammate Calvin Johnson in the USA's second round defeat to Belgium.

Since first appearing for the Sounders in 2013 he has gone on to become one of the most exciting players in the league, earning All-Star honors in the process.

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Yedlin's delight

In the aftermath of the deal's completion DeAndre Yedlin revealed his excitement at the opportunity to join Tottenham:

"I'm very excited to come to the Premier League and challenge myself against some of the best players in the world," said the young star.

"It's a great team with a new coach and a style that suits the way I play. That's a big reason I made the decision," Yedlin continued before citing that he took advice from national team coach, and former Spurs fan's favorite, Jurgen Klinsmann.

"I've talked to Jurgen Klinsmann a lot about this move and he supports it, which was one of the big reasons behind the decision."

With Yedlin looking to establish himself in the USMNT set-up having made seven appearances to date and his move to the Premier League will give him the ideal opportunity to display his talents at the highest level.

When he does arrive at Spurs in 2015 he will give manager Mauricio Pochettino added options in defence and will certainly be looking to challenge Kyle Walker for a starting role.

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