Maurice Edu has completed his move to Stoke City, a week after agreeing to a deal with the club. The United States international had to get his visa approved and tie up the loose ends of the deal, but Edu himself said that the deal is now official.
Edu moves to Stoke from Rangers, where the club's bankruptcy sealed his exit. He agreed to take a severe wage cut during last season in exchange for a small buyout clause being attached to his contract. Stoke met that buyout and now he has his visa.
This signing is part of Stoke's continued efforts to strengthen their midfield. They have already signed fellow American Geoff Cameron to shore up their defensive midfield and Charlie Adam gives them a more attacking option. Now with Edu providing another defensive-minded midfielder, the Potters have depth in the middle that will aid them as they chase a top half Premier League finish.
Exactly how this affects the U.S. team is still up in the air. Cameron and Edu might be competing for one regular starting spot, meaning one of them might not be playing regularly. That isn't what Jurgen Klinsmann wants to see, but two more players in the Premier League isn't too shabby.