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DeAndre Yedlin completes transfer to Newcastle (UPDATED)


NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND -  AUGUST 24:  DeAndre Yedlin holds a club shirt in the tunnel after signing a 5 year contract at St.James' Park on August 24, 2016, in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***DeAndre Yedlin

NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND – AUGUST 24: DeAndre Yedlin holds a club shirt in the tunnel after signing a 5 year contract at St.James’ Park on August 24, 2016, in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***DeAndre Yedlin

DeAndre Yedlin’s summer transfer saga has finally come to an end with a big-money move away from Tottenham.

Yedlin has officially joined Newcastle United via a permanent move away from Tottenham. According to Goal USA, the Championship club reportedly paid a $6.6 million transfer fee to acquire the U.S. Men’s National Team fullback, who has signed a new five-year contract with the club. According to Goal, Newcastle beat Aston Villa and Sunderland to acquire Yedlin’s services.

“Newcastle is such a big and historic club, and I’m excited to have the honor of playing for them. Hopefully I can do great things here,” Yedlin said.”I’m excited to learn under (Newcastle manager) Rafa Benitez as well. He has an amazing résumé and I know he will help improve me a lot. I can’t wait to get started.”

The signing of Yedlin gets Newcastle a starting-caliber right back, as the club looks to replace Daryl Janmaat, who joined Watford on Wednesday.

“We have known for a little while of Watford’s interest in Daryl Janmaat, so it was important for us to bring in a replacement immediately,” said Benitez.”In DeAndre we have a player who knows English football well. He has good experience, an attacking mentality, ability and great pace. I think he can do really well for us and will give us good competition on the right.”

Yedlin’s move away from Tottenham comes just over two years after the fullback joined the Premier League club from the Seattle Sounders. The reported $6.6 million transfer fee nets Tottenham a hefty profit on the $4 million paid to the Sounders in 2014. As a result of the deal, the Sounders will receive $600,000 as part of a sell-on clause that was included in the original move away from MLS.

The 23-year-old fullback spent last season on loan with Newcastle’s rivals, Sunderland, making 23 appearances throughout the 2015-16 season.

Yedlin could make his Newcastle debut as soon as Saturday when the Magpies host Brighton at St. James Park.

What do you think of the move? How will Yedlin fare with Newcastle?

Share your thoughts below.

  • bottlcaps

    I think Newcastle is actually spending its parachute money, after its departure from the EPL ,on a competitive team that can make it back. Retention of it manager, Benetiz was a good sign. When departing an EPL team to sign with one below in the Championship, you always run the risk of never making it back to top flight football and a five year contract ensures that Newcastle is serious in buying and retaining good players. AV, o the other hand is lo-balling it, sold its good players or released many and had less of a chance of making it back this season.

    We have to see how Newcastle can do in the Championship, they play a lot of games, but finishing in the top 6 and a shot at the EPL next year is not above reckoning for this team.


    • Old School

      Agreed, and he does that by earning it.

      Unlike playing in MLS where he could be comfortable – Yedlin chose to challenge himself by leaving MLS. Not surprisingly, it shows in his progression.


    • bobbyoshea

      After reading Rafa’s quote, I’m somewhat concerned. Makes it seem like he is considering him more for an attacking right sided option and doesn’t really sound like he expects him to be a starter. but maybe I’m just reading into the quote too much.


  • Lost in Space

    This is actually a pretty good move for Yedlin. He should be the starter once he gets a little familiar with his teammates. Newcastle should be at the top of the Championship primed for promotion back into the EPL. A year getting 90 minutes week in and week out in the championship will be important for his continued development. Than if they are promoted this season he’ll have hopefully solidified himself for a team in a position to stay in the EPL long term.


  • Future is Bright

    With Yedlin settled long term we have one situation finally resolved….Now if we can only get the rest of our young players situated before the window closes I’ll be happy. On the wish list to find a loan move Miazga, Pulisic, & Zelalem.
    Miazga needs a loan where he’ll get consistent minutes if he’s going to break the log-jam developing within the USMNT for RCB. Cameron is still the veteran starter, but if for some reason he doesn’t get back into the starting XI for Stoke things become more interesting with Gonzalez, Birnbaum, Alvarado, & Miazga all fighting for position of within the depth chart. We’ve got good options, but they need playing time in order to really claim their spots.
    Pulisic is facing greater competition within his club and now facing young competition within the US as well now that Gooch & Green are beginning to emerge. Competitive Minutes will become important for all 3 of these guys and the USMNT.
    Zelalem is of a less concern IMO, but if he wants to continue to build off his loan from last year he needs to really think about another loan move.


  • Iggy

    Wonder if he worked in a promotion release clause, if they don’t make it up after this year. I know that works the other way around, but not sure if it does in this situation. a championship club spending $6mm on a right back is pretty ambitious.


  • fast right leg

    There are about 10 games a year where there’s a big difference in play between the Prem and the Championship. Yes, it would be preferable to play regularly in the top flight but this move won’t stunt his growth at all.

    He also has the added benefit of securing a long term place with the squad if he helps them to promotion, which would likely not have been in the cards for him if he had gone to an EPL bottom feeder like Sunderland.


    • Rob

      He didn’t “secure” anything. Making the team was the easy part. Earning and keeping playing time is a day after day effort. If he doesn’t put in the work somebody else will and he’ll find himself watching the games from the bench…. in a good day. The only thing he secured is a chance to earn a starting spot every week. This is not MLS or the USNT.


  • Quit Whining About Soccer in the US

    Confirms for me what we thought 2 years ago. Sounders should have gotten more.

    Good luck Yedlin, hope to see you back home soon. Go Sounders


    • froboy

      Doesn’t seem like the value was so bad for them, he probably doesn’t sell on that high if he had been playing in Seattle this time and hadn’t proved he can cut it in the EPL.


      • The TX 2 Stepper

        TRUE! In total Sounders got 2.6 M for a 20 year old Raw yet talented WB who couldn’t defend.

        That’s called good business.


  • Gary Page

    Well, if nothing else, it’s a good payday for Yedlin since players typically get 10% of the transfer fee.


    • Iggy

      True, that’s probably 5 years+ worth of a Seattle salary just from his 10% cut from the two transfers


      • Old School

        Not to mention the added few years to the end of his career for not playing on Seattle’s carpet.


  • Christian

    If Yedlin can earn/keep a regular spot then I think it’s a great move for him. I was hoping to see a Sunderland game with Yedlin/Gooch/Miazga though.


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