STOKE CITY have confirmed that they are close to finalising an agreement to bring American international Geoff Cameron to the Britannia Stadium . . . and Tony Pulis is relishing the prospect of adding his versatile qualities to his squad.
City have agreed an undisclosed fee with Cameron's club Houston Dynamo and Major League Soccer and now personal terms with the player, but his transfer is subject to him passing a medical and then obtaining a work permit.
Chief Executive Tony Scholes announced that the 27-year-old will join up with the Potters in Orlando today to undergo his medical.
"Whilst we would not normally confirm a transfer until everything is complete, we have agreed a fee and personal terms in this instance and the player will now join up with the squad in Orlando to have his medical," said Scholes.
"Assuming that this goes according to plan, the completion of the transfer will then be subject to us obtaining a work permit which will probably be done by way of an appeal by early August ahead of the new season."
Cameron, who has made a handful of appearances for the United States, is considered to be one of the brightest talents in Major League Soccer and is highly regarded for his ability to operate in a number of different positions.
"He will give us plenty of options," commented Pulis. "He can play at centre back, across midfield and even at full back as well.
"With the squad that we have, it's always useful to have players who are versatile, so in that sense he will be a good asset for the club."
He added: "We believe that he is a player who can cope with the Premier League because he has done exceptionally well over the past year.
"We have watched him a few times, but he also comes with great recommendations from many who consider him one of the top players in the MLS."
Cameron will be City's second signing of the summer following the capture of Scottish Under-21 international Jamie Ness from Rangers.
Originally from Attleboro in Massachusetts, he began his career with West Virginia Mountaineers before moving to Houston Dynamo in 2008.
His rise to prominence saw him chosen as an MLS All Star last year and he featured in the All Stars Team which faced Manchester United.