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DeAndre Yedlin could move to Tottenham in January, Spurs boss says

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The timing of Yedlin's move is apparently dependent on the health of Kyle Walker.

Mike Ehrmann

The timeline is still a bit fluid, but it's starting to look as though Tottenham Hotspur is seriously considering bringing DeAndre Yedlin over in January. According to Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino, the major deciding factor will be the health of right back Kyle Walker.

Walker has been out for about six months and finally underwent abdominal surgery early last month. The team has not given a definite timetable for his return, but he is apparently progressing.

"We need to know how Walker is recovering to decide (on Yedlin)," Pochettino told London24.com. "One option is maybe in January (to) bring him here."

Even if Yedlin were to make the move in January, he might not necessarily be getting a ton of minutes. Kyle Naughton and Eric Dier have effectively been splitting time at right back, while Spurs have started the season 3-2-2.

The other takeaway from this is that Spurs still appear to see Yedlin as a right back, the position he's exclusively played for the Sounders. Yedlin has, however, looked very good playing in a more advanced role for the United States national team and even picked up an assist while starting as a midfielder against Ecuador.

One roadblock to Yedlin's move to Spurs could be his work permit. Although he's spoken about hoping to obtain a European passport, as of now he still doesn't have one. Under the current rules, Yedlin would need to win an appeal in order to obtain a work permit as he hasn't appeared in 75 percent of the USMNT's competitive matches over the past two years.

It also remains entirely possible that Spurs could send Yedlin on loan elsewhere in Europe. Obtaining a work permit in European countries other than England is far easier.