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By JUSTIN FERGUSON
With Brek Shea, Geoff Cameron and Maurice Edu already on the roster, Stoke City is reportedly looking to bring another American to the Britannia Stadium.
Reports out of England indicate new Stoke City manager Mark Hughes is interested in a transfer for striker Juan Agudelo. The 20-year old, who has not seen action since June 15 due to injury, is currently with the New England Revolution.
According to these reports, Hughes has had his eye on the young Agudelo since his time in charge at Manchester City three years ago. With the Potters missing out on a loan move for Benfica striker Nelson Oliveira, Hughes has targeted the Colombian-born, U.S. Men’s National Team pool member.
Stoke City have recently ended their tour of the United States, losing 2-0 to Cameron’s former team before wins over FC Dallas and the Philadelphia Union. As SBI first reported on Twitter on Wednesday night after the MLS All-Star Game, the Potters are also interested in another MLS player, Los Angeles Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez.
Agudelo is in the final year of his contract with MLS and all signs are pointing to a departure to Europe, with the Revs not expected to make the kind of offer necessary to make Agudelo seriously consider staying.
Agudelo was the second homegrown player in New York Red Bulls history, making his debut in 2010. After being traded to Chivas USA for Heath Pearce in 2011, Agudelo was acquired by New England for allocation money earlier this season. He has three goals in five league appearances for the Revolution this season.
What do you think of this news? See Agudelo fitting in with the other Americans at Stoke City? Excited to see another American potentially moving to the English Premier League?
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