DeAndre Yedlin
DeAndre Yedlin to join Spurs after being granted a work permitGetty

Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed USA international DeAndre Yedlin will join the club in January.

Yedlin, 21, signed a four year deal with Spurs in August but the club initially made plans for him to remain at Seattle Sounders in the MLS until next summer.

But problems at right back for Mauricio Pochettino's side prompted the club to bring the move forward.

Yedlin will arrive at White Hart Lane after being awarded a UK work permit.

Upon the announcement, Pochettino said via the club's official website: "DeAndre is a young player with great potential who has already achieved a lot in Major League Soccer.

"It is important for his development that he is given the time to adapt to his new surroundings both on and off the pitch and we believe that by coming to us in January it will give him the best opportunity to do so."

On Monday, MLSsoccer confirmed Yedlin had seen his request for a work permit needed to complete his move to English football approved.

The right back had previously explored the possibility of obtaining a Latvian passport in order to boost his chances of completing his winter move.

Tottenham's first-choice-option at right back in Kyle Walker missed the first four months of the campaign after suffering a series of abdominal problems that required surgery in September. The England international has started three games since returning to training in December but Spurs have struggled in his absence.

Kyle Naughton, Eric Dier and Vlad Chiriches have all been deployed on the right-hand side of defence in Walker's absence but to little success.

Yedlin was recently named US Soccer's Young Male Athlete of 2014.