Steve Bruce has no alternative but to table a new contract offer for DeAndre Yedlin to stay at Newcastle United amid rumours of a serious offer from a Major League Soccer franchise.
According to SBI, an unnamed Eastern Conference outfit has offered Yedlin a move back to the United States after his recent run of appearances at St. James’ Park boosted his profile in the transfer market.
Yedlin is understood to have been presented with a long-term contract to sound out his interest in a move back across the pond, with the right-back considering his future beyond Tyneside having entered into the final six months of his £30,000-per-week Magpies deal.
Yedlin is expected to be greeted with future offers to quit the Toon for clubs in Europe, which are considered to be more attractive than a return to MLS for the 27-year-old.
Newcastle may still make a play to retain the right-back beyond the end of the current campaign despite Steve Bruce placing the 62-cap USMNT star on the transfer list last summer, deeming Yedlin surplus to requirements with Emil Krafth and Javier Manquillo available.
Yedlin has proven over the past few weeks that Bruce and Newcastle have no alternative but to present the 27-year-old with a new contract at St. James’ Park, as he is by far the best option presently at the club.
Newcastle would regret their decision to part ways with Yedlin if he chooses to take up one of the options tabled to him, as Krafth only serves to hold Bruce’s side back while Manquillo has now slipped down the pecking order.
Bruce has been delighted with Yedlin’s recent efforts, too, after the £4.5m-rated full-back returned and offered a busy presence at home to Fulham, form a key part in a defensive masterclass against Liverpool and cause problems for Manchester City and Leicester.
“I have been absolutely delighted because he has come in from the cold after the problems that Javier Manquillo has had. He has grasped the opportunity,” Bruce said, via quotes by the Chronicle, earlier this month.
“I am sure there have been times when his future at Newcastle looked to be not here. He’s given us a glimpse of what he can do, and I am delighted for him.”
Newcastle were fortunate their decision to place Yedlin on the transfer list did not come back to bite them last summer, and must do all they can to avoid losing the Seattle Sounders product in 2021.