According to reports in the US, DeAndre Yedlin is “all but certain” to leave Newcastle United this summer.
This comes from CBS Sports’ Roger Gonzalez, who claims that the American full-back and his representatives will hold future talks with club chiefs on Monday.
Yedlin, who turns 27 today, actually started last night’s 5-0 defeat to Manchester City, however this was the first time he’s been named in Steve Bruce’s side since football return, with it seeming as though Javier Manquillo and Emil Krafth are now ahead of the USA international in the pecking order at right-back.
Here’s a snippet from Gonzalez’s latest piece for CBS Sports, which believes he’s “90% likely” to move on this summer after falling out of favour:
“DeAndre Yedlin and his representatives are set to speak with Newcastle United to discuss his future, as a departure from the club likely in the cards, sources tell CBS Sports.
“Yedlin, along with representatives from both sides, will conduct a formal meeting on Monday to map out a plan for what’s next, with teams throughout Europe showing interest.
“Yedlin’s contract is set to expire in the summer of 2021 and he has yet to receive an extension offer from Newcastle. The club just signed right back Javier Manquillo to a contract extension in June and have Emil Krafth under contract through 2023.
“Clubs throughout Europe have shown interest in Yedlin, including in Germany. Sources say it’s about a 90 percent chance that Yedlin leaves Newcastle as he no longer appears to be in the plans of manager Steve Bruce. Yedlin is focused on remaining in one of the top five leagues in Europe though Spain and Italy are more complicated due to work permit rules and passport issues.
So, after almost four seasons at St James’ Park, could last night be one of the last times we see Yedlin play for Newcastle United?
If Krafth really is ahead of him in the pecking order moving forward and we continue to play a four-man defence, perhaps it’s best for all parties if the American is moved on.
As CBS Sports highlights above, it appears as though he has admirers in Germany and is keen to remain in one of Europe’s top five leagues – although the piece does state that moves to Spain or Italy could be made more complicated due to ‘work permit rules and passport issues’.
If this is his last season on Tyneside, we’d wish him all the best. He can be suspect defensively, but he developed well under Rafa Benitez, has pace to burn and has proved to be a handy signing over the past four years at just £5m.