While recent UK reports have claimed that Seattle Sounders right-back DeAndre Yedlin will make his pre-arranged move to Tottenham Hotspur in January, it seems Spurs fans may have to hold their excitement for the moment.
The Daily Mirror reported last week that the US international expects to receive a Latvian passport within the next fortnight, which he qualifies for through his grandmother, allowing him to sidestep the usual work permit regulations which could have held up his move.
He would then arrive at White Hart Lane after a short break at the end of the MLS season, before being eligible for Mauricio Pochettino’s side once the winter transfer window opens.
However, while Yedlin is indeed in the process of acquiring the EU documentation, American reporter Greg Seltzer has stressed that a decision on his passport approval is not expected until at least mid-December, and no plan is in place at the moment for his arrival.
Spurs could attempt to obtain a work permit for the Seattle Sounders right-back 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.
A summer switch is therefore still possible but, regardless, Yedlin has stressed that he wants an immediate starting role whenever the time comes to make the permanent move across the Atlantic.
“I don’t know exactly what [Tottenham’s] plans are right now,” he told Eight by Eight. “But they want me to come in and battle for a spot.
“I’m a big fan of the style of play that Pochettino has installed in that team. I think it fits my style very well.
“I almost got too comfortable in Seattle. I want to challenge myself and see what I have and prove to other people and prove to myself.”
For now, though, 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.