Geoff Cameron's transfers from the Houston Dynamo to Stoke City is finally done, kind of. The two sides and MLS have all agreed to a deal that will see the 27-year-old join the Potters and now the only thing standing in the way of Cameron becoming a Stoke City player is his receiving a UK work permit, according to Jesus Ortiz.
Most believe that Cameron will get the work permit he needs to play in England. Because he had not played in 75% of the United States' matches over the last two years, he is not guaranteed a work permit and will instead have to appeal for one, but if recent history is any indicator, Cameron shouldn't have a problem getting one. Several Americans have won their appeals to get work permits of late and none had been as key a member of the U.S. team as Cameron has of late, making the bench or playing in seven of the Americans' eight matches in 2012.
It has not been an easy transfer process for all parties involved. Cameron let it be known that he would welcome a move to Stoke and Houston agreed to a deal with the English Premier League club pretty quickly, but because MLS owns the contracts of all players, they still had to sign off on the transfer. That part didn't go so easily, with Stoke and MLS spending more than a week trying to hammer out a deal, but now they have finally reached one for $2.5 million.
Cameron is expected to play as much, if not more in the midfield than at the back for Stoke. He has bounced back and forth between the midfield and defense since being drafted by the Dynamo so he is comfortable at both, but indications out of England are that Stoke prefers him in the midfield.