DAVID SMITH - Friday, December 18, 2009
After impressing Ipswich coach Roy Keane in a trial, Devann Yao is expected to weigh his options with an impending offer from the Championship club on the table and a pair of possible trials in the works.
The winger caught the eye of Keane in a November trial prompting the team to express an interest in signing the New York native to a contract until the end of the season, however negotiations are currently being held up due to his prior stints in several other youth academies across Europe.
"Since he's been a youth player at various clubs there's a lot of paper work to be confirmed and agreed before we we can offer a deal to him," Ipswich Town press officer Steve Pearce told YA.
As Yao had previously spent time in the programs of French club FC Metz, AS Livorno and Pisa in Italy, and St. Mirren of the Scottish Premier League, FIFA regulations state that compensation must be provided to one or more of the programs with which he trained as a youth.
Nevertheless, the club remains eager to table and offer for the former Red Bull New York trialist, while admitting they could face possible competition from other unnamed clubs also attempting to bring Yao for trial stints.
"The club is definitely talking to him with a view to offer him a contract," Pearce explained, admitting "but there's a couple [other] clubs interested in him joining them on trial as well so it's down to what Devann and his agent decide to do."
Raised in Harlem, New York, Yao has held multiple passports from birth due to his Italian mother and French-Ivorian father, eliminating the hurdle of acquiring a work permit which often hinders American players from making the move to England.
As they seek to make arrangements to move forward, the club has shown enough confidence in their hopeful signing to allow him to continue working with the team as they work through the red tape still holding up a contract offer.
"He's still [training] with us at the moment," he clarifies. "It will be down to him if he signs it or if he takes up the opportunity to go to these other other clubs on trial."