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Reports: USMNT’s Yedlin en route to Newcastle United for transfer

Juventus FC v Tottenham Hotspur - 2016 International Champions Cup Australia

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 26: DeAndre Yedlin of Tottenham looks upfield during the 2016 International Champions Cup match between Juventus FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 26, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

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DeAndre Yedlin needed just a short time in England to complete a somewhat dubious feat: those to play for both Northeast rivals Sunderland and Newcastle United.

Yedlin, who turned 23 last month, is reportedly off to St. James Park on what could be more than a loan deal. The Shields Gazette’s Miles Starforth said it’s “likely” his transfer from Tottenham Hotspur would be a permanent move.

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Oddly enough, it was a Yedlin cross that sealed Newcastle’s fate as relegated to the Championship last Spring.

The 39-times-capped USMNT defender made 25 appearances for the Black Cats, and was very effective in the stretch run. He signed a four-year deal with Spurs, joining the club in Jan. 2015.

Yedlin had been linked with Trabzonspor, Derby County, Hull City, and Aston Villa. The latter signed Ritchie de Laet.

Newcastle put heat under the rumor by sending promising defender Kevin Mbabu on loan to Young Boys in Switzerland.

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