Aston Villa shortlist two top-tier defenders, £3m Tottenham man targeted
By Alex Taylor
Aston Villa have shortlisted Tottenham defender DeAndre Yedlin as one of two right-back targets, according to a report.
The Telegraph claim that Roberto Di Matteo has picked out the Spurs man as a potential new addition after stepping up his search for a defender.
The new Villans manager is keen to sign either Yedlin or Leicester’s Ritchie De Laet before the transfer window closes.
Yedlin spent last season on loan at Sunderland, helping them to maintain their Premier League status, and is now believed to be surplus to requirements at White Hart Lane.
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The player has been advised by ex-U.S.A midfielder Stuart Holden to leave the north London outfit to help advance his career.
Yedlin played a key role for the Black Cats last season as they avoided relegation under the new England manager Sam Allardyce.
The right-back made 25 appearances for Sunderland across all competitions and made a strong impression with his defending and pace when attacking during his time at the club.
New Sunderland manager David Moyes told the Sunderland Echo at the start of August that they were still interested in the 23-year-old, even though Allardyce is no longer at the helm.
The full-back joined Spurs from Seattle Sounders in 2014 on a four-year contract but has only made one competitive appearance for the Londoners.
Spurs are well equipped in the full-back position with English pair Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier ahead of Yedlin in the battle for right-back.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, Mile Jedinak has revealed he has been impressed by the ‘positive energy’ instilled by Di Matteo and Tony Xia at Aston Villa, as he signed a three-year deal with the club on Wednesday.