After the Seattle Sounders' MLS Cup run came to an end last weekend at the hands of Landon Donovan and the LA Galaxy, it seems like the team are set for more bad news.
Star right back DeAndre Yedlin - who has already signed a deal with Tottenham - looks set to join the Premier League side during the January transfer window.
The United States international had been waiting for work permit clearance before he could make the journey to White Hart Lane, and it now seems to be ready to come through according to Sounders owner and general manager Adrian Hanauer.
Hanauer was at Seattle's end of season press conference yesterday and it was his belief that the Sounders star is “highly, highly likely” to receive a Latvian passport before the end of the year and complete his transfer to Spurs in January.
Yedlin has applied for a Latvian passport - thanks to having a Latvian Grandmother - as it would mean completely avoiding having to deal with a UK Customs system that has a past of turning away American players.
But by holding an EU passport, Yedlin becomes able to move to England at will and avoids any complications and holdups in completing the move.
World Cup Wonder
Yedlin came to prominence during the summer at the World Cup in Brazil. The speedy youngster made his bow against Portugal and subsequent appearances against Germany, and more notably Belgium in the second round, rocketed him into public consciousness.
The 21-year old was still only playing college soccer in late 2012, and only became a professional in January of 2013. His meteoric rise is nothing short of incredible, being named an MLS All-Star in his rookie season, the first player to do such a feat since 2005.
Yedlin joins a Spurs defence that has been utilising former Sporting Lisbon prodigy Eric Dier at right back in the absence of perennial first choice Kyle Walker. Walker has been out for 9 months with a pelvic injury and if he's still not fit to start by when Yedlin arrives at the club then the American could end up making his EPL debut before he ever imagined.
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