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Sources: Besiktas stepping up push for Yedlin as number of interested clubs grows

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DeAndre Yedlin’s time at Newcastle United continues to grow shorter, but the number of teams interested in picking him up keeps on growing.

Clubs from Italy, France and Russia have joined Turkish club Besiktas in expressing interest in the U.S. Men’s National Team defender, sources have confirmed to SBI.

Besiktas’ interest in Yedlin emerged last week, but now the Turkish club has stepped up its pursuit of the 27-year-old fullback, a source with knowledge of the discussions told SBI on Tuesday.

Yedlin struggled for playing time at Newcastle last season, playing just 16 matches, his lowest total in a season since his first season in England after joining Tottenham from the Seattle Sounders.

If Yedlin joined Besiktas, he would join USMNT teammate Tyler Boyd on the squad, as well as Canadian National Team veteran Atiba Hutchinson.

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  1. Yedlin is probably as good as he is ever going to get and is likely going to slowly diminish as his speed starts to wane (though his experience should compensate). At this point getting minutes to stay fit and getting paid is what he should focus on. He is going to get pushed hard by younger guys for the USMNT no matter what.

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  2. it’s wild to me that Yedlin is only 27. He still has a solid 4-5 years in his prime left and arguably a few more.

    I’d like to see him play in Italy. The premier league is about pace and power, especially in the fullback position, and I’d like to think he could still improve in his defensive positioning. I think it would be a good move.

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    • I agree. Turkey is an evil, corrupt country, not conducive to any kind of growth or development except in the school of hard knocks.

      Italy is far from pure, but at least still a repository for the art of defensive play. Positioning and thinking ahead could be a real bonus.

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