DeAndre Yedlin has officially joined Newcastle United on a permanent transfer. The Seattle Sounders Academy product is making the move from Tottenham for what’s being widely reported as a £5 million transfer fee, or about $6.6 million by today’s exchange rate.
Assuming that figure is accurate, the Sounders would be in line for their own cut of that pie. Sounder at Heart has confirmed the Sounders had a sell-on clause in their transfer that would give them a percentage of any fee above what Tottenham originally paid. Not only would this reported fee be about double what the Sounders got in 2014, it would be a record fee for a MLS Academy product (a record that could well be broken if Fiorentina exercise their transfer clause on Carlos Salcedo).
Goal.com is reporting that the Sounders are in line to receive about $650,000 of that transfer. That’s a nice chunk of change, but it’s unlikely the Sounders will be able to convert it into Allocation Money, as the Sounders already got their bite of that apple when Yedlin was originally transferred. Still, that’s money the Sounders can spend on things like the Academy or other “soccer expenses.”
While Yedlin was surely hoping to remain in the Premier League — rather than going to The Championship — this seems like a pretty good situation for him. Yedlin will immediately be competing for starters minutes and could well find himself entrenched as the Rafa Benitez’s right back. It should also be said that Newcastle isn’t your average second-tier club. Aside from having a ton of history and being a “big” club by virtually any metric, they’re also spending like a Premier League team. Assuming they don’t absolutely implode, they’ll be back in the top flight again next year and Yedlin will be back where he wanted to be all along.