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Stoke close in on Houston's Cameron

Stoke chairman Peter Coates has confirmed that the club have almost completed a swoop for Houston Dynamo defender Geoff Cameron.

A fee of £1.6 million ($2.5 million) has already been agreed with Major League Soccer for Cameron, 27, though he has yet to put pen to paper on personal terms or receive a work permit.

He could still be refused a UK permit as he does not meet the requirement of having played in 75% of his country's competitive internationals in the past two years.

However, former USA coach Bob Bradley - now in charge of Egypt - will back Cameron's application as he says the defender, who has five caps to his name, would have played more often had he not struggled with injuries.

And Coates is hopeful that a deal will be tied up for Cameron soon, with Stoke boss Tony Pulis looking to bolster his defensive options over the summer.

"The deal is a work in progress as we speak," Coates told the Stoke Sentinel. "We are still talking on personal terms and we need to make sure we get international clearance for him.

"But we are hopeful we will get that clearance on the basis of his history, his background and his achievements to date. We can see no reason why we won't get that clearance, but obviously we are taking nothing for granted."

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