Last season, DeAndre Yedlin helped Sunderland avoid relegation as a starting right back. This season, he will attempt to help Sunderland's archrival attempt to gain promotion back to the English Premier League.
Yedlin has completed a $6.6 million transfer (£5M) to Newcastle United, closing the deal Wednesday after completing a medical and signing a new five-year contract, sources tell Goal USA.
Newcastle beat out Aston Villa and Sunderland for the services of the 23-year-old U.S. defender, who made 23 appearances for the Black Cats last season, earning praise as a steady presence at right back under then-coach Sam Allardyce.
Now Yedlin will join Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez as the Magpies attempt to return to the Premier League after being relegated last season.
Yedlin, 23, is leaving Tottenham two years after joining Spurs on a $4 million transfer from the Seattle Sounders. Yedlin's move to Newcastle should net the Sounders a fee of around $600,000 as part of a sell-on clause included in Yedlin's original move to Tottenham.
The $6.6 million transfer is a new record for an American defender, surpassing the $5 million fee Chelsea paid the New York Red Bulls for Matt Miazga last winter.
Yedlin could make his Newcastle debut on Saturday when the Magpies face Brighton at St. James Park.