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Tottenham close to finalizing DeAndre Yedlin transfer

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Ives Galarcep is reporting that MLS would receive a fee of about $3.5 million and that Yedlin would finish season in Seattle.

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The MLS transfer window may be closed, but that apparently hasn't gotten in the way of the Seattle Sounders potentially transferring DeAndre Yedlin to Tottenham Hotspur and retaining him through the rest of the season. Ives Galarcep is reporting that the two sides are close to agreeing on a $3.5 million transfer that, while the biggest ever for a Homegrown Player, would be significantly less than had been previously reported. The Sounders would still net the maximum allocation, believed to be about $650,000 plus a couple million that could be used on improving soccer infrastructure.

Galarcep's report also suggests Tottenham would loan Yedlin to a smaller club after his stint with the Sounders was over.

How a deal like this might be allowed under MLS rules is not entirely clear. One possibility is that the various sides have already agreed in principal and that Yedlin's international transfer certificate has already been filed to be sent back to the Sounders. It's also possible -- albeit unlikely -- that Yedlin's ITC does not actually have to change hands, meaning this could drag out even longer.