KENYA BROWN - Thursday, August 25, 2016
The transfer saga has ended for US fullback DeAndre Yedlin as he agreed on Wednesday to a transfer to English Championship side Newcastle United.

The 23-year-old has signed a five-year contract with the Magpies.

Yedlin, who signed with Spurs back in August 2014, appeared to be out of the plans of head coach Mauricio Pochettino as fellow fullbacks such as Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier were ahead of him in the pecking order. This left the youngster no choice but to find a new team before the closure of the summer transfer window.

Earlier in the transfer window it seemed that Sunderland, who brought Yedlin in on loan last season, were the front runners to sign him on a permanent basis, with Hull City, Aston Villa and Derby County also apparently in the race to sign him. However, the St. James' Park side won out in the end.

The former University of Akron Zip will come to Newcastle to fill the void left by Daryl Janmaat, who signed with Watford on the same day.

As for Yedlin, he seems very excited to get the opportunity to earn more playing time with the Magpies.

"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. I'm excited to learn under Rafa Benitez as well. He has an amazing resume and I know he will help improve me a lot. I can't wait to get started," said Yedlin on the Newcastle United website.

Newcastle head coach Rafa Benitez stress how important it was for the team to bring in a replacement for the departing Janmaat and Yedlin fit the bill perfectly for the team.

"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," he said.

Yedlin, who made 25 appearances for Sunderland last season, will now look to help the Black Cats' fiercest rival return to the Premier League on the first attempt.

He will have his first opportunity to play for the team when they play host to Brighton on Saturday.

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