Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed the club are considering bringing DeAndre Yedlin to White Hart Lane ahead of schedule.
The Premier League side struck a deal with Seattle Sounders following the full-back's impressive performances for the USA in the World Cup but agreed to let the player stay with the MLS side until June 2015.
But with no return date in place for first-choice right-back Kyle Walker following abdominal surgery and Kyle Naughton sidelined with ankle ligament damage, Spurs boss Pochettino has admitted the club will have little choice but to look into the possibility of bringing Yedlin to the club during the January transfer window.
"I don't know about this yet, we need to analyse that," Pochettino told reporters when asked whether he would look to Yedlin amid a spate of defensive injuries.
"It is early to say whether it will be in January or at the end of the season, for next season.
"We need to know how Walker is recovering to decide but [Yedlin] is another option. One option is that maybe in January we bring him here. At the moment it is too early to make a decision."
Yedlin recently revealed he was open to the idea of moving to White Hart Lane this winter but claimed the deal might hinge on whether he could obtain a passport permitting him to play in the Premier League, which he applied for after learning of his Latvian heritage.
"A big deciding factor is my passport, I'm working on getting a Latvian passport," Yedlin told ESPN. "If that goes through, then January is definitely very possible. It's either June or January."
"I always knew I had that sort of background. I never really paid attention to it but it's become useful now and I'm going to take advantage of it."