Mid-Day Ticker: Stoke still in talks for Cameron, West Ham eyes Carroll, & more

Mid-Day Ticker: Stoke still in talks for Cameron, West Ham eyes Carroll, & more

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Mid-Day Ticker: Stoke still in talks for Cameron, West Ham eyes Carroll, & more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

Geoff Cameron has not hid his desire of playing in Europe, and Stoke City is still in the process of trying to make that dream become a reality.

Stoke are still in negotiations with MLS over possibly acquiring Cameron from the Houston Dynamo during the current transfer window, but recent reports have claimed the two sides were far apart on a transfer fee. MLS reportedly wants approximately $3 million for the U.S. men's national team defender, while Stoke originally offered around $1 million.

Still, Stoke is working on bringing in Cameron prior to the start of the Premiership campaign. The 27-year-old was in England for talks last week, but he returned stateside and helped Houston pick up a 4-0 victory over D.C. United on Sunday night.

Here are more stories from Monday:

WEST HAM LOOKING TO BID ON CARROLL

West Ham United is hoping to bolster its attacking options ahead of their return to the Premiership by acquiring Liverpool forward Andy Carroll. The Hammers are lining up an offer for Caroll, who has been linked with a move away from Liverpool in recent weeks. But West Ham reportedly only plan to take him on loan with an option to buy despite Liverpool's desire to sell him outright.

RODGERS TRIALING WITH PORTSMOUTH

Just days after the New York Red Bulls said they no longer intended to try and sign Luke Rodgers, the diminutive striker joined League One club Portsmouth for a trial. Rodgers is just one of several trialists the club currently has in a preseason training camp in Spain, and he is likely hopeful of latching onto Portsmouth after being let go by Norweigan outfit Lillestrom earlier this summer.

CHELSEA CLOSE IN ON INTERNACIONAL'S OSCAR

Reigning UEFA Champions League winners Chelsea are nearing a deal with Brazilian club Internacional over 20-year-old midfielder Oscar. Chelsea are reportedly close to signing Oscar on a transfer fee that could be the biggest ever in Brazilian soccer. Tottenham have also been linked with Oscar, but it appears Chelsea are the favorites to land him this summer. 

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How do you see the negotiations for Cameron between Stoke and MLS ending? Think the Hammers will land Carroll? Would Portsmouth be a good landing spot for Rodgers?

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