On the same day that Stoke City have signed John Guidetti on loan and Stephen Ireland on a permanent deal, the Staffordshire club are set to sign USMNT striker Juan Agudelo on a six-month loan pending work permit approval.
On January 4, Agudelo was spotted at Stoke City’s Britannia Stadium only one day after his name was included on the USMNT January training camp but then removed moments later by the US Soccer Federation, indicating that Agudelo was close to securing a deal to join a new club. The USMNT January training camp squad featured players who are in their off season and currently not playing week-in week-out for their club teams.
Agudelo signed a pre-contract with Stoke City in August and wanted to join the club in the 2013 summer transfer window, but MLS reportedly didn’t want him to move until after the MLS season was over.
Agudelo’s work permit request was denied in November. However, it’s believed that Stoke City will now apply for a work permit for Agudelo. The American striker, who previously played at New England Revolution among other clubs, is likely to be signed by Stoke, but loaned out to a club on the continent for the next six months.
While Agudelo is moving to Stoke City, one American who looks like he’s heading out of Stoke and back to the States is Maurice Edu who may sign for Philadelphia Union.
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