Centurion defender leaves Newcastle United for European giants

Date published: Monday 1st February 2021 7:10 - Isaac Johnson

Newcastle United defender DeAndre Yedlin has left the club on a permanent basis, signing for Turkish outfit Galatasaray.

The USA international played 125 times for the Magpies but only ten of those had come this season.

His contract was due to expire this summer but he has decided to make an early exit.

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce told BBC Sport: “Quite simply we have had three right-backs at the club now and DeAndre is suited to wing-back.

“It’s been no secret that we have made changes to a back four. I want to wish him best of luck playing in Turkey for a huge club like Galatasaray.



“He’s a great professional, and a great lad. Sometimes you have to let one out to bring somebody in so it could be a busy day for us.”

Yedlin, 27, joined Newcastle from Tottenham for £5million in 2016.

He scored in his second appearance for the club, and was a vital part of the 2016/17 Championship title-winning squad.

Yedlin has 62 caps for his country but has not featured for his nation since November 2019.

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Newcastle on cusp of capturing Willock

Meanwhile, Newcastle are close to landing Arsenal midfielder Joe Willock. The 21-year-old is expected to link up with Bruce on loan until the end of the season.

The young talent has struggled for game time this season. He has, however, netted three times and assisted three goals in the Europa League this term.

At a news conference on Monday, Gunners boss Mikel Arteta commented on the rumours of his potential exit.

He said:”We are discussing things with some players and some clubs, and if we do anything before the deadline, it is because we believe it is the right thing for their development.”

The Magpies have also been linked with a loan move for Leicester City’s Hamza Choudhury. Meanwhile it has been mooted that Matt Ritchie could make a return to former club Bournemouth.

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