arrived in Newcastle Tuesday night as Newcastle United looked to conclude a deal for the 23-year-old right back. Yedlin knows northeast England well, having played on loan to
Newcastle rival Sunderland last season. One difference: Newcastle, not Sunderland, was relegated to the second-level League Championship.
Newcastle Chronicle reported that the Magpies will pay 5 million pounds ($6.6 million) for Yedlin after beating out Aston Villa, Hull City and Derby County.
The Magpies are one of the
best supported teams in England, drawing crowd of 52,079 and 48,209 for their first two league games since their relegation.
Newcastle doesn't lack for resources. It has already spent $60
million for eight players on the summer transfer market.
Its manager is Spaniard Rafael Benitez
, who won the UEFA Champions League with Liverpool, the Europa League with Chelsea
and Club World Cup with Inter Milan. He was hired by Newcastle in March, two months after being fired by Real Madrid.
Newcastle split its first four league games. Daryl Janmaat
started the first two games -- both losses -- at right back before giving way to fellow Dutchman Vurnon Anita.
UPDATE: Watford acquired
Janmaat from Newcastle United, signing him to a four-year contract.
Yedlin was signed by Tottenham in January 2015 from the Seattle Sounders for a fee in the range of $4
million but only played one game -- 11 minutes -- before being loaned out to Sunderland for the 2015-16 season. After a slow start, he won the starting job and helped the Black Cats fight off
Yedlin returned this summer to Spurs but was stuck behind Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier on the Spurs depth chart at right back. A permanent transfer was
complicated by Sam Allardyce's exit from Sunderland to take the England coaching job. Allardyce's successor, David Moyes, signed Paddy McNair and Donald Love, younger and
cheaper options at right.