At one point, an intriguing option from a German Bundesliga club looked very possible. Another moment, a loan move to a Dutch club seemed like the perfect fit. Unfortunately for U.S. national team defender DeAndre Yedlin, none of a dozen potential loan moves came to fruition before the end of the European transfer deadline on Monday.
Yedlin is now left with significantly fewer options as September rolls in.
Sources have confirmed to Goal USA that Tottenham passed on offers from the Netherlands and Germany, with options from the likes of Belgium and Turkey also failing to convince Tottenham to move the former Seattle Sounders fullback.
Tottenham can still move Yedlin within the English Premier League, as well as to Scotland on Tuesday. But if no loan deal can be secured by then, Yedlin's options would then be reduced to joining a lower-division English club on loan.
Fulham and Bolton are believed to be among the clubs that have expressed interest in bringing Yedlin on board, but both the Cottagers and Trotters have recently added right backs, making the possibility much less likely. Fulham signed Ryan Fredericks from Bristol City, while Bolton recently added Italian fullback Francesco Pisano.
Currently training with the U.S. national team ahead of friendlies against Peru and Brazil, Yedlin has been the subject of loan speculation for much of the summer as it became clear he was not part of Tottenham manager Mauricio Pocchetino's immediate plans. Tottenham does appear to value Yedlin as a long-term prospect, as evidenced by the club's reluctance to unload him at a discount or settle for a loan move to a small European league.