DeAndre Yedlin has a standing offer from Turkish club Trabzonspor, according to a report from CBS’s Roger Gonzalez. There is a twist, however. Although Trabzonspor has agreed to Yedlin’s personal terms and is hoping to add him during the January transfer window, the move may be contingent on Newcastle releasing the Seattle native with six months left on his contract.
Turkish club Trabzonspor have made an offer to DeAndre Yedlin to sign the Newcastle defender on a free transfer, sources tell CBS Sports. They have offered him his terms. Trying to land him in Jan., though Newcastle would have to release him.— Roger Gonzalez (@RGonzalezCBS) December 29, 2020
While Trabzonspor can sign Yedlin to a pre-contract in January, convincing Newcastle to release him is another matter and would come at a particularly odd time. After only playing in two non-Premier League matches over the seasons first few months, Yedlin has now started three straight matches and played in four straight. That streak includes starts in consecutive Premier League matches in which he played all 90 minutes.
Trabzonspor is the second Turkish club Yedlin has been linked to after Bestikas had apparently made a similar no-transfer-fee offer earlier this year. While not as famous as Bestikas, Trabzonspor is arguably the biggest Turkish club outside Istanbul with six top-division titles. They’re currently sitting ninth in the 21-team league, but finished second as recently as last year.
One way or another, Yedlin is clearly looking for somewhere he can get consistent playing time as his place in the United States national team seems to be in jeopardy. Yedlin has just two caps since the end of 2018 and hasn’t played in a competitive national team match since the infamous World Cup qualifying loss to Trinidad and Tobago in 2017. Since then, younger players like Reggie Cannon have seemingly moved ahead of him on the depth chart.