DeAndre Yedlin explains how he was convinced to sign with Sunderland

DeAndre Yedlin

Tottenham youngster DeAndre Yedlin completed a loan move to Sunderland on deadline day.

Yedlin made the switch to Wearside on a season-long loan deal, and he has told the Sunderland Echo who convinced him to move to the Stadium of Light from Tottenham.

The American international: “I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to play for a club with such great history. I’ve heard fantastic things about Sunderland and the supporters from Claudio Reyna and Jozy Altidore. Claudio speaks very highly of Dick Advocaat from his time at Rangers.”

Altidore left Sunderland last season after a poor spell on the North East, when he failed to show his true goalscoring ability for the Black Cats. However, he clearly thinks fondly of his time at the Stadium of Light since leaving the club to return to MLS and sign with Toronto FC.

Reyna also only spent a short spell with the Black Cats, playing 28 games between 2001 and 2003, with a ligament injury keeping him out of action for much of his time whilst with the club.

However, he has also worked under head coach Dick Advocaat before, spending a productive two-year spell with Rangers at the turn of the millennium when the Dutch boss was in charge at Ibrox.

The former USA international captain won the SPL title and Scottish Cup double in 2000, and Yedlin has admitted that Reyna speaks highly of the current Black Cats head coach.

Despite being a full USA international, Yedlin has a lot to prove in the Premier League having yet to truly impress with Spurs. It promises to be a breakthrough season for the 22-year-old, and Sunderland are the lucky club to possess his services for the ongoing campaign.

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