Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce remains coy over transfer of Tottenham defender

DeAndre Yedlin.
DeAndre Yedlin.
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DeAndre Yedlin has said his goodbyes to Sunderland, with Sam Allardyce remaining vague over the right-back’s chances of returning to the Stadium of Light.

Yedlin’s season-long loan spell with the Black Cats came to a conclusion after Sunday’s final day draw at Watford, with the Spurs full-back now back in his native America.

The 22-year-old played a key role in keeping Sunderland in the Premier League during the last three months of the campaign and that has raised the possibility of him returning to Wearside, either on a permanent move or another loan deal.

Yedlin has refused to be drawn on his future when asked over recent months, but sent several messages on Twitter today to thank Sunderland for his successful stint on Wearside.

“Had an amazing experience with @SunderlandAFC. Everyone from the fans to the staff to my team-mates were outstanding,” he said.

“Delighted for the club that they will be able to play another year in the Premier League and I wish the club nothing but the best.”

Allardyce will hold discussions with the representatives of Sunderland’s loan players this week, and Yedlin, along with Yann M’Vila and Dame N’Doye, will be one of the players under consideration.

But when asked about Yedlin specifically, Allardyce was coy over whether he is eager to bring the defender back to the club.

“We will wait and see,” said Allardyce.

“Everything will be hopefully sorted out and we can start the process as quick as we possibly can.

“For now, we’ll have a couple of days off to reflect and then we look at what the situation is.”

Allardyce had been keen to bring in a new right-back during the January transfer window and approached Lorient’s Lamine Gassama – a player who could again be on Sunderland’s radar again this summer with his contract expiring in France.

The Sunderland boss has already confirmed that a new full-back at the top of his hit-list, along with an attacking midfielder, striker and winger.