US defender hints at Spurs switch, saying it's 'an honour' to be linked

Seattle Sounders star DeAndre Yedlin could be set for a move to Tottenham.

MLS and US star DeAndre Yedlin has seen his name mentioned with regards to a switch to Tottenham this week, and with plenty of people giving their opinion on whether he should move or not, the player himself has finally come out and had his say.

The 21-year-old, who only made his debut for the national team this year but stood out in their World Cup campaign, was nothing but full of happiness to be associated with Spurs, telling Seattle Times: “Nothing is really finalised yet. I’m waiting, letting my agency handle it... It's an honour.”

ESPN originally said that any deal would see the fullback remain at Seattle for the rest of the season, joining up with Spurs in the new year, but a transfer would have had to be agreed yesterday for that to happen. Now it would possibly end up being an immediate switch to White Hart Lane.

Yedlin is in just his second MLS season, but is already starring as the Sounders lead the way in the Western Conference.

With former Spur Clint Dempsey at the club, and another former White Hart Lane man, Kasey Keller, also having ties to the club, there is certainly more than a casual link between the two outfits.

Tottenham of course opened their North American tour with a 3-3 friendly draw at CenturyLink Field last month, with the defender playing the full game, and it is possible that initial discussions over Yedlin's future may have occurred then.

With Kyle Naughton struggling at times as he deputised for Kyle Walker last season, reinforcements at right back are seen as an important, if not crucial improvement to make to the squad.

Reports linking Swansea to Naughton would leave an opening for Yedlin, even though Keller has warned him of a move to North London.

"Spurs is a tricky place to play," the former goalkeeper said. "They're a team that has a lot of turnover in players. Spurs are a team that has the money, and they are always looking for a bargain, but it's a tough place to go."

"I just want to see young American players play regularly, week in and week out. If that's at Tottenham, great. But if it's not, then it's not the right move. It's hard to develop if you don't play.

"My guess would be that if Tottenham is in the race, it would be to sign DeAndre and loan him out somewhere."

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