DeAndre Yedlin rejected Championship interest to join Sunderland

DeAndre Yedlin signed for Sunderland on a season-long loan from Tottenham Hotspur.

Tottenham Hotspur defender DeAndre Yedlin has told the Sunderland Echo that there was plenty of interest shown in him during the summer transfer window.

Yedlin opted to join Sunderland on loan prior to the start of the 2015/16 campaign, but the USA international says that there were a number of other interested parties.

Yedlin claims that Championship clubs were queuing up to secure his signature, but the lure of playing in England’s top-flight was enough to convince him that a move to the Stadium of Light was the right one.

“There were a few Championship clubs interested in me during the summer, but to be playing regularly in the Premier League is huge,” he said.

“It’s not easy coming to a new club and settling in, but they’ve made it very easy and confident for me.

“I just wanted to get playing time this season.”

Yedlin was brought to Spurs at the start of 2015, after he impressed in MLS for Seattle Sounders.

The Lilywhites have used him sparingly so far, but they were keen for him to gain experience of playing in England’s top-flight and sanctioned a deal for him to join Sunderland.

Yedlin made a slow start at the Black Cats, but he has come into their first-team recently and is starting to make a positive impression.

The rapid full-back has started in every game that Sam Allardyce has taken charge of so far, and he seems to be settling well in England, as he becomes more accustomed to the pace of the league.

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