Major League Soccer and the Seattle Sounders have sold USA right-back DeAndre Yedlin to Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League for a reported $4 million. Yedlin will remain with the Sounders before joining up with his new team-mates in time for the 2015/16 Premier League campaign.
A statement on Tottenham’s website read:
“We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Seattle Sounders for the transfer of United States international right-back DeAndre Yedlin.
“DeAndre has signed a four-year contract and will remain with Sounders before joining us ahead of the 2015/16 season.”
Under MLS rules, the Sounders receive 75% of the transfer fee, but only $650,000 of that can be converted into allocation money.
Yedlin was a surprise selection in Jürgen Klinsmann’s World Cup squad, but he took advantage of his opportunities and made three appearances for the US, in group games against Portugal and Germany and in their last-16 defeat to Belgium.
The 21-year-old joins Tottenham with Seattle’s best wishes – head coach Sigi Schmid described the move as an “exciting” one.
In a statement published on the Sounders’ official website, he said:
“We are very excited for DeAndre and the possibilities that exist for him in his future with Tottenham Hotspur. It’s an exciting time in his life.
“We are also very pleased that we will be able retain DeAndre’s services for the rest of the season in our quest for the MLS Cup.”