US World Cup right back DeAndre Yedlin caught the eye of a number of clubs, including AS Roma, Liverpool and Napoli, but Spurs signed him up for four years on a deal that was a record fee for an MLS player.
DeAndre was raised by his grandparents Ira Yedlin and Vicki Walton in Seattle, where he attended the O’Dea High School. Excelled at athletics and was a long jumper and ran 100m, 200m and 400m. Highly ranked as a schoolboy, DeAndre was invited to the U.S. Soccer U-18 Men's National Training Camp. Starting in the Sounders FC Academy in 2010, the full back became the first home-grown player signing in the Sounders' history after playing for two years for Emerald City FC, two years with Northwest Nationals, two years with Crossfire, and his final year with Seattle Sounders FC Academy. Spending two seasons at Akron honed his ability before he returned to the Sounders.
In, Yedlin was included in the 2013 MLS All Star team (in his first season) to meet AS Roma and then again in 2014 for the side that played Bayern Munich. It was in 2013, he made his international breakthrough with a place in the US side in the Under-20 World Cup finals and this was reflected at club level, where he made 31 appearance sin the season for Seattle.
A marauding right back, Yedlin took the 2014 World Cup by storm with some stirring performances, as the US side reached the knock-out round before losing 0-1 to Belgium. His appearance against Spurs in a 2014 pre-season friendly persuaded Tottenham to make a £2.4 million move for DeAndre and he was loaned back to Seattle until the end of their season, meaning he will link up with Spurs before the 2015-16 season.
Having returned to Spurs at the end of the MLS season, he featured in one match before the end of the season and in most of the pre-season matches, but other arrivals meant he went out on loan again, but this time stayed in England, moving for a season to Sunderland.