UPDATE: Maybe this deal isn’t quite as done as the various reports are suggesting:
DeAndre Yedlin has a new team, it appears. When he’ll be able to join them, however, is not entirely clear.
What everyone seems to agree on is that Turkish giants Galatasaray have agreed to personal terms with the Seattle native. The report from Turkish outlet Asist Analiz says Galatasaray has completed the transfer and Yedlin is expected to join the team this week. Reporting by England’s Express was less committal about timing, suggesting details of how Yedlin could get out of the final six months of his Newcastle contract may still need to be worked out.
Either way, Yedlin will surely be relieved to have some clarity about his future. The right back has endured a roller-coaster season, after falling out of favor with Newcastle manager Steve Bruce at the start of the year and barely playing for the first few months. Injuries, however, allowed him to regain his starting spot over the last six weeks or so, only for a snafu with his work permit to leave him out of the team again.
Although it’s unclear if Yedlin is currently eligible to play for Newcastle, it does appear as though he’s at least being allowed to train.
All along, Yedlin has been trying to figure out where he’d play next, coming close to joining Besiktas at the start of the year only for that deal to fall apart over a transfer fee, and even considering a move back to MLS.
Galatasaray is one of the Turkish giants, having won their league a record 22 times and regularly competing in Champions League. They are currently third in the Turkish Süper Lig.