Rafa Benitez Reported After International Defender

Newcastle are reported to be interested in bringing £4M rated Tottenham right back DeAndre Yedlin to Newcastle, with there being concerns that Daryl Janmaat is being eyed up by a number of clubs, including Watford, West Ham and Napoli and he could leave Newcastle in the eight days remaining of the transfer window if a big offer comes in for him.


DeAndre Yedlin – training with the US squad

Rafa Benitez said yesterday Newcastle could sell Daryl before the end of the month but only if there was a fantastic offer comes in for him and he is happy to have the Dutchman stay at Newcastle for this season.

This is what Rafa said:

“I told him the other day that, if he is here, he is a player that I like.” “He is a good professional and I don’t have any problem.”

“If someone comes with a fantastic offer, for us or for him, we will analyse everything but, at the moment, he is a player that is in our team, in our squad, and I don’t have a problem playing him if it is necessary.”

We would think something north of £10M would be required to entice Rafa to sell Janmaat.

It seems a policy that Benitez has followed this summer that for every senior player that has left Newcastle, he replaces them immediately and sometimes before the Newcastle player departs.

So maybe Yedlin is being lined up in case there is a late move for the 27 times capped Dutch International.

Yedlin is a 39 times capped US International who has good speed and can also play as a right winger.

He was weak in the defensive area of his game, but while at Sunderland last season he made 25 appearances and that’s a part of his game that improved considerably.

The 23 year-old looks like a young player with some potential and that’s exactly the type of player Rafa seems to be looking for this summer.

We would be surprised if there was a move for Yedlin if Daryl Janmaat stays at the club.

We still have to see former Atletico Madrid right back Jesus Gamez play for the first team – so we do have some cover at right back; Gamez is said to be injured at the moment.

Yedlin played for his home town club Seattle Sounders before moving to Spurs two years ago, after playing extremely well for the US in the World Cup in Brazil.

He has no future at Tottenham under manager Mauricio Pochettino.

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