It remains to be seen whether DeAndre Yedlin will arrive at Tottenham Hotspur in either the winter or summer of 2015, but the Seattle Sounders right-back has been getting a taste of his future surroundings in the meantime.
With the US national team taking on Colombia at Craven Cottage on Friday night, Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad have been preparing for the friendly matchup this week at Tottenham’s training ground.
Yedlin himself was a late arrival, having played in the Sounders’ play-off match against FC Dallas on Monday night, but the 21-year-old immediately posed for a photo opportunity as soon as he arrived at his future home on Wednesday afternoon.
The US international’s appearance at Spurs happens to come just a few days after UK reports claimed that he is set to move to the Premier League club in January, with his Latvian passport due to be approved within a fortnight.
That would allow him to side step the usual work permit regulations which could hold up his move, but American reporter Greg Seltzer has since revealed that a decision on the EU documentation is not expected until at least mid-December.
Spurs could attempt to obtain a work permit for Yedlin even without EU citizenship, but the fact he has earned just nine international caps thus far, with most coming in friendlies, means he would have to be deemed an ‘exception talent’ under the regulations.
Until then, the promising speedster will continue his bid to help his hometown club claim a historic domestic treble, with the Sounders in the hunt for a first-ever MLS Cup to add to the US Open Cup and Supporters’ Shield titles which have both been won over the past two months.