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Aug 30, 2012

Maurice Edu close to playing for Stoke

Stoke is close to completing the signing of Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu.

The American has been a long-standing target of City manager Tony Pulis and last weekend agreed to terms on a three-year deal and passed a physical.

The only holdup was his work permit and, with the club confirming on their official website Thursday morning that the Football Association has given approval for them to proceed, the move looks set to go through.

Stoke cautioned, though, that the 26-year-old is unlikely to be available for the weekend clash with Wigan because of the timing of the deal.

Edu has 37 caps for the United States and spent four seasons with Rangers following a move from Toronto FC, winning three league titles and making 125 appearances for the club.

"He has been granted the work permit, but as usual, there are other bits of paper that have to be stamped and marked," Stoke assistant manager Dave Kemp said. "He has another appointment tomorrow, I think with the Border Agency just to clarify that.

"But he has been granted the work permit, so hopefully we are very close to getting that over the line."

Kemp was speaking at the Potters' press conference to preview their Barclays Premier League game at Wigan on Saturday, which he explained he was conducting because of Pulis was tied up preparing for the match and with Friday's transfer deadline looming.

Stoke was extremely active at this point in the transfer window last year, eventually sealing deadline-day deals for Peter Crouch, Cameron Jerome and Wilson Palacios.

They are currently being linked with a host of names, including Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone and striker Michael Owen, who is a free agent after being released by Manchester United.

There are also reports this morning suggesting they are looking to sign Liverpool's Charlie Adam, and asked how many new players the Potters would ideally like to bring in between now and when the window closes, Kemp said: "Probably three or four if we were lucky. There is no guarantee, but it could be any number between zero and four -- let's put it that way."

Quizzed about Scotland midfielder Adam, Kemp said: "You can't name names and there are always people in the pot that you are trying to bring to the club and deals or potential deals you are trying to do."

Stoke has already signed midfielders Michael Kightly, Geoff Cameron and Jamie Ness this summer.

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