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US international DeAndre Yedlin signs for Tottenham Hotspur


On Wednesday Tottenham Hotspur confirmed the capture of U.S. national team defender DeAndre Yedlin from the Seattle Sounders.

Yedlin, 21, burst onto the scene this summer at the 2014 World Cup as he was a surprise inclusion in Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad. After some impressive cameo appearances off the bench the Sounders academy product was dubbed a star of the future for the USA with his pacey displays down the right flank.

Yedlin has signed a four-year contract at Tottenham as his remarkable rise continues.

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Premier League side Tottenham wasted no time in jumping in to snap up the speedy right back as Spurs are said to have paid a $4 million fee for Yedlin, making him the most expensive Homegrown player Major League Soccer have ever produced. AS Roma were also in the hunt but Yedlin is heading to England’s top-flight instead of Serie A.

The Sounders will initially keep Yedlin until the end of the 2014 MLS season and then he will link up with his manager Mauricio Pochettino at White Hart Lane.

Speaking about his move to one of England’s most famous clubs, Yedlin had the following to say to Spurs’ website.

“I’m very excited to come to the Premier League and challenge myself against some of the best players in the world,” Yedlin said, “It’s a great team with a new coach and a style that suits the way I play. That’s a big reason I made the decision. I’ve talked to Jurgen Klinsmann a lot about this move and he supports it, which was one of the big reasons behind the decision.”

There is some confusion as to when Yedlin will leave Seattle, as Spurs said in their statement that “DeAndre has signed a four-year contract and will remain with Sounders before joining us ahead of the 2015/16 season.” Whether that means he will spend the start of the 2015 MLS season with Seattle, then switch to Spurs over the summer, it is not yet known. However it shakes out, Yedlin must have impressed Spurs during their preseason tour of the U.S. this summer as Tottenham and Seattle battled it out to a 3-3 draw at CenturyLink Field in July.

This move caps a meteoric rise for Yedlin, as the two-time MLS All-Star has gone from University of Akron to the Premier League in just over two years.

With Klinsmann’s close links at Spurs and Pochettino known as a manager to give young players a chance, Yedlin may well have found the perfect new home in North London. He will join current American goalkeeper Brad Friedel on Spurs’ roster and follow in the footsteps of his U.S national team captain Clint Dempsey by suiting up for Tottenham.

Yedlin has made 52 appearances in all competitions for the Sounders and will remain in the Emerald City his hometown, to try and win the 2014 MLS Cup. The Sounders are currently top of the Western Conference and are leading the Supporters’ Shield race.

Before Yedlin heads off to the PL to play for Spurs, he has some business to finish in MLS. Winning some silverware for Seattle.

“Overweight” Costa comes to Mourinho’s defense

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Diego Costa says he and his Chelsea teammates are to blame for Chelsea’s horrid start to the 2015-16 Premier League season.

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Speaking Thursday, during a bit of downtime over the current international break (Costa was left out of Vicente del Bosque’s squad for Spain’s final two EURO 2016 qualifiers this week), Costa placed the majority of blame at the feet of the entire team, but went on to most harshly critique himself for coming into the season unfocused and “overweight.”

Costa, on his lack of fitness and form to begin the season — quotes from the Guardian:

“We know we’re not in the form we were supposed to be at the beginning of the season. We need to blame the players because we came back from holiday very confident, thinking we could go back into how it was last season, and then realized the team was already in a bad situation.

“I’m going to be very honest: maybe a few weeks ago, five or six weeks ago, I was not on top of my game. At least physically. We talk within the players and we know that, maybe at the beginning, we were not 100 percent as we were supposed to be when we got here. I got injured at the end of last season and then I went on holiday. Maybe I got out of my diet and, when I came back, I was not the way I was supposed to be. I was a little bit overweight. That affected my game. You can be selfish and blame it on the manager but I’m not going to do that. I’m responsible 100%, and so are the other guys.

Given that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said on Thursday he doesn’t quite know what’s wrong with the defending Premier League champions, hearing someone — anyone — speak up and explain the club’s worst start to a season in 37 years will surely be a welcome sound to any Blues supporter’s ears.

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Costa, who is eligible to return from suspension next weekend when Aston Villa visit Stamford Bridge, has scored just one goal in league play this season (six appearances) after scoring 20 in 26 games last season.

Sam Allardyce to open talks with Sunderland

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Now that Liverpool have selected and named their new manager, it appears Sunderland are finally ready to move forward with their own managerial search. (That’s clearly a joke, because it implies Liverpool and Sunderland ever duke it out for the same managerial candidate.)

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Anyway, the Black Cats will have to hire someone to replace the recently-departed Dick Advocaat at some point. We all knew that, despite the fact he’s probably earned a shot at that level, Bob Bradley was never really going to be considered for the job. With that in mind, if you’re not going to endear yourself to the entire United States of America with this hire, you might as well go for the best unemployed manager who’ll actually consider your approach.

That’s what Sunderland chairman Ellis Short appears to have done, as it was reported Thursday that despite an initial reluctance from Sam Allardyce — let’s be honest, he actually was holding out hope for the Liverpool job — the 60-year-old most recently in charge of West Ham United was willing and ready to enter into negotiations with the northeastern club.

One of the major sticking points during Sunderland’s courting of Allardyce is expected to be his demand for autonomy in the transfer market as well as a sizable transfer budget to sign his own players during the January window.

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Allardyce seems like the no. 1 guy you’d like to bring in to steady a capsized ship — cough Sunderland cough — in any situation. Not only does he have a successful track record in the Premier League, but he’s the kind of no-nonsense leader a club like Sunderland so desperately needs as they find themselves in yet another relegation battle just eight games into the new season.

Short hopes to have Allardyce signed, sealed and delivered when the Premier League returns to action next weekend. In that event, Allardyce’s first game in charge of Sunderland would be a trip to West Bromwich Albion. His first home fixture? Home to Tyne-Wear derby rivals Newcastle United, a club whose boisterous fanbase still holds a great deal of disdain for Big Sam. Sometimes the football gods really are looking out for us.