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OFFICIAL club website of stoke city

Agudelo Deal Complete

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STOKE CITY have today completed the signing of Juan Agudelo and immediately loaned the United States international to FC Utrecht.

The Club were unsuccessful in their application to secure a work permit for the 21-year-old striker in November of last year.

However, the Potters have decided to press ahead with the transfer of one of North America's brightest young talents and have loaned him to the Dutch Eredivisie club ahead of reapplying for a work permit in the near future.

Chief Executive Tony Scholes said: "We were surprised and bitterly disappointed when our application for a work permit was rejected by the appeals panel - as were many other people in the game.

"It's still our view that Juan is a great talent and is a player that Mark Hughes would like to join our squad. We have therefore decided that we are going to reapply for a work permit at the earliest opportunity.

"We have signed Juan but he cannot play in this country, so we're loaning him out to Utrecht to allow him to not only develop his experience of playing in Europe but also to stay match sharp.

"Hopefully we will be successful with our second work permit application and Juan will be able to join Mark's squad in advance of next season."

Agudelo, whose contract with MLS side New England Revolution expired last month, has already clocked up close to 100 senior appearances at both domestic and international level - 17 of which have come under Jurgen Klinsmann for the US senior side.

He was just 17 when he made a goal-scoring debut for the US senior team against South Africa in November 2010.

Stoke must wait four months from the date of the original work permit appeal hearing to reapply on Agudelo's behalf.

To see Juan Agudelo's first interview as a Potter, log-on to Stoke City Player.

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